Anyone travelling through Melbourne between Boxing Day and the end of January should check VicRoads before they set out because major road closures across the metropolitan area are likely to cause long delays.
VicRoads has said roadworks will start on Boxing Day and end on 25 January.
Electronic road signs and advice about alternative routes will help drivers through work zones and detours.
RACV general manager public policy, Brian Negus, says drivers should expect significant delays and plan ahead.
“There will be major works at various times from Boxing Day right across January affecting the West Gate Bridge and Freeway, the Tullamarine Freeway, Shepherd Bridge in Footscray, English Street Bridge across the Tullamarine Freeway between Airport West and Essendon Fields, and the Pakenham Bypass.”
Brian says drivers will need to allow for extra travel time if using these roads during affected times. Where practical, use public transport instead of a car.
“If you are heading to the sales or major events like the cricket and the tennis it is wise to add significant travel time to your journey as there will be a lot of people on the roads and big delays on some of our major arterials and freeways.
“In particular, people who are heading to the airport over the next month or so need to be aware of scheduled closures of the West Gate Freeway and the West Gate Bridge, and the Tullamarine Freeway. We suggest they add at least an extra 40 minutes’ travel time,” he says.
Road safety hazards can be reported to 13 11 70.
For more detail on road closure dates and detours go to vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 1300 783 947.