Port Melbourne truck bypass will reduce operating costs

By: Jason Whittaker


The Victorian Government says Port Melbourne residents will enjoy reduced traffic and congestion on local roads with the opening of

The Victorian Government says Port Melbourne residents will enjoy reduced traffic and congestion on local roads with the opening of the new Plummer Street truck bypass.

The new $19.2 million bypass provides trucks and through traffic with a new, direct connection to the West Gate Freeway.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas says the link provides the road transport industry with a more efficient route for moving freight through the area.

"The new route will significantly improve freight travel times and help reduce costs for the road transport industry and its customers," he says.

"Diverting trucks to the new route, away from local roads like Williamstown Road and Todd Road, will also result in less traffic and truck noise for local residents.

"This project is a win-win situation for everyone, cut travel times and costs for industry and making our local roads safer."

For the bypass project, Prohasky Street has been extended north from Plummer Street and connected to the existing freeway entry ramp near the Shell-KFC Service Centre.

Works also included new traffic lights on Plummer Street at Prohasky Street, Salmon Street, Graham Street, and at the Todd Road connection.

Pallas says Plummer Street was upgraded and strengthened to ensure it could cater for increased truck traffic through the industrial precinct.

"Traffic lights at Williamstown Road and Graham Street have been reconfigured to give greater priority for traffic accessing the bypass," he says.

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