Work is underway to complete the Duncans Road interchange in Werribee as Andrews Labor Government’s massive $4 billion Suburban Roads Upgrade ramps up.

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today visited the Duncans Road site to announce the start of the works, part of the biggest ever investment in Melbourne’s arterial road network.

New freeway entry and exit ramps will be constructed as part of the upgrade, adding an exit to Werribee for inbound traffic and an entry for Geelong-bound traffic.

A new bridge over the Princes Freeway will provide two lanes in each direction, unlocking congestion and providing greater capacity for more than 11,000 cars and trucks which use the interchange every day.

The intersections at K Road and the freeway ramps will also be improved with the installation of new traffic lights to improve safety and traffic flow around the busy interchange.

A new walking and cycling path will also be built over the freeway, providing safer access for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Werribee and K Road.

Early works have now begun to establish a temporary site compound and relocate some services before major construction work begins on the new bridge and freeway ramps.

Construction on the Suburban Roads Upgrade has also commenced on Dohertys Road, Leakes Road, Derrimut Road, Dunnings Road and Palmers Road.

The Suburban Roads Upgrade includes further road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades to fix eight congested roads in Melbourne’s west, scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.

The project also involves rehabilitating 260km of the western arterial Road networks as well as a long-term commitment to maintain the upgraded network for a further 20 years.

Construction work is occurring behind barriers to keep these roads open while minimising impacts on commuters. Some short-term lane closures and speed reductions may be required.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas:

“We’re completing the Duncans Road Interchange to make it safer and easier for locals and to improve access to popular tourist attractions.”

“The Suburban Roads Upgrade is the biggest ever investment in our arterial road network and it starts right here in the west – a massive package of upgrades to slash congestion and fix the local roads that people rely on every day.’