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West Gate closure to cause lengthy delays

Melbourne's West Gate Freeway will be closed to all traffic on December 14 due to road works

December 9, 2013

Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway will be closed to all traffic on December 14 due to road works.

The interchange between Williamstown Road and the M80 Ring Road will be closed when the first two of 11 gantries are installed as part of the $25 million West Gate Freeway managed motorways project.

The freeway will be closed between midnight and 8am.

VicRoads Director of Road Operations Dean Zabrieszach says the road works will cause delays of up to 45 minutes and that drivers should use alternative routes such as the Princes Highway and Williamstown Road.

“We understand there’s never a good time to close such a major road as the West Gate Freeway but VicRoads has undertaken traffic analysis to ensure that the works can be carried out at a time that causes the least disruption to drivers,” Zabrieszach says.

“Variable message signs and radio advertising will be used to both warn the upcoming closure leading up to the 14th and be used during the closure to remind people of the closure and advise them of the detour routes.”

The gantries will feature technology designed to better manage traffic flows, reduce congestion and respond quickly to incidents on the freeway.

It will include new overhead lane signs advising drivers of which lanes to use and when to adjust their speed to suit the driving conditions, as well as CCTV cameras to provide live vision directly to VicRoads Traffic Management Centre.

The gantries weigh up to 24 tonnes and are around 52 metres wide.

“The managed motorways upgrade is critical to the ongoing management of the West Gate Freeway and the 180,000 drivers who rely on it each day,” Zabrieszach says.

“Whether you’re from country Victoria or interstate, or someone who uses the freeway as part of your everyday commute, this technology will better prepare you and make the freeway more consistent with other freeways on the network.”

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