Major roadworks blitz to drive traffic chaos this summer

Moving Well | Sue Hewitt | Posted on 21 December 2019

Victorian roadworks blitz will see commuters, motorists hit the brakes this summer.

An unprecedented transport construction blitz over summer will cause headaches for motorists and commuters over the next three months as multiple projects affect roads, trains and trams.

Work on transport projects will be ramped up over the quieter summer months, but the sheer size and number of the projects will cause widespread disruptions, resulting in significant delays on roads, trains and trams right through until March.

Close up of road works sign on side of road

A slew of roadworks across the city will see motorists and commuters hitting the brakes over summer.


RACV’s senior manager of transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas, says RACV urges all drivers and public transport users to be patient during this major construction blitz.

“With unprecedented improvements in our transport network underway, there will be disruption in delivering these projects,” he says. “The works are being carried out during what is considered a quiet time of the year to minimise the disruption.”

The state government’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, through its ‘Victoria’s Big Build’ program, is coordinating an unprecedented number of transport projects across the state, worth $70 billion, including the Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel, level-crossing removals and suburban road upgrades. Its interactive map lists disruptions to roads, trains and trams.

Big Build major projects include:

  • Excavating the final section of the Metro Tunnel entrance at South Yarra as work crews shift existing train tracks to connect the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines to the tunnel
  • West Gate Tunnel project work on the West Gate Freeway to make way for additional lanes
  • Removing level crossings at Reservoir, Toorak Road, Carrum, Cheltenham, Mentone, Lyndhurst and Pakenham
  • Major intersection and road upgrades in Laverton, Kingsville and Altona.

Transport disruptions to watch out for over the summer holiday period

Roads:  

The Department of Transport has numerous projects across the city including: 

  • West Gate Bridge: Closure of three inbound lanes during the day, and four inbound lanes at night, from Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve. 
  • Flinders Street: Eastbound traffic between Swanston and Elizabeth streets indefinitely closed. Motorists from Port Melbourne, South Melbourne or those coming off the West Gate Freeway urged to consider alternate routes. 
  • Nicholson Street: North Fitzroy/Brunswick East closed between Barkly and Johnston Streets from 2 to 19 January. 
  • Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy: Closed to all traffic at the intersection with Nicholson Street from 2 to 6 January. 
  • Monash Freeway: Between Pakenham and the city, expect heavier traffic due to train disruptions from 2 to 31 January. 
  • Nepean Highway: Between Frankston and the city, expect heavier traffic due to train disruptions from 2 to 31 January. 
  • Princes Highway/Freeway: Between Bairnsdale and Melbourne expect heavier traffic due to disruptions to the Bairnsdale train line from 2 to 25 January. 
  • Dohertys and Fitzgerald roads, Laverton North: Intersection closed from 2 to 22 January. 
  • Hallam Road, Lynbrook: Various closures and disruptions from 6 to 25 January.
  • Plenty and McDonalds Road, South Morang: Lane closures and access changes 6 to 24 January. 
  • Dohertys Road, Truganina: Closed between Palmers Road and Jessica Way from 6 to 31 January. 
  • Toorak Road: Lane closures in both directions at the Monash Freeway from 15 to 29 January. 
  • West Gate Freeway: Ramp closures from the M80 Western Ring Road and Millers Road on to the West Gate Freeway for six weeks from late January. Exact dates to be confirmed. 
  • Princes Freeway: Ramp closures from the Geelong Road on to the Princes Freeway for six weeks from late January. 

Trains and trams 

Public Transport Victoria has announced various train (both metropolitan and V/Line) and tram disruptions including: 

  • Cranbourne/Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines: Buses will replace trains on sections of the lines from 2 to 30 January. 
  • Frankston and Stony Point lines: Buses replace trains on sections of the lines from 2 to 16 February. 
  • Upfield line: Buses replace trains from 7 to 9 February. 
  • Gippsland (Traralgon and Bairnsdale): Buses replacing trains on sections of the line from 2 to 30 January.
  • Bendigo line: Buses replace some evening trains from 5 to 7 January. 
  • Geelong line: Buses replace some evening trains from 29 to 30 December.  
  • Tram route 96: Buses replace trams on parts of the routes from 2 to 19 January. 

For full details of the disruptions visit ptv.vic.gov.au, the VicRoads website, or download RACV’s arevo app to help you plan your journey.