Construction is well underway on two new pedestrian bridges across the West Gate Freeway, as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The new bridges – one linking Rosala Avenue in Altona North to Richards Court in Brooklyn and the other linking Fogarty Avenue in Yarraville to Muir Street in Spotswood – will replace the vital, but outdated existing bridges for pedestrians and cyclists that connect communities on either side of the West Gate Freeway.
Hundreds of people use the bridges every week to access Spotswood, Yarraville, Altona North, Brooklyn and beyond.
The new pedestrian bridges will have wider paths so pedestrians and cyclists can comfortably share the space, and improved safety features including CCTV, lighting and higher barriers. Access will also be improved with the pedestrian bridges having both steps and accessible ramps on both sides of the West Gate Freeway.
Construction is well underway at both sites with the slabs and bases being built ready for the first bridge at Muir Street to be craned into place in the coming months. Both bridges will be open at the end of the year.
The two new bridges over the West Gate Freeway are part of the nine new pedestrian and cycling bridges being built over busy roads and intersections to connect communities and make travelling safer.
The existing pedestrian bridges will remain in use until the new ones are built, unless they need to be closed for as short period of time for safety reasons while construction is happening nearby.
Both of the existing bridges need to be rebuilt to make way for the four extra lanes on the West Gate Freeway, which are part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The Andrews Labor Government’s West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver more than 14 kilometres of upgraded walking and cycling paths making travel easier and safer. New paths and links will better connect communities north and south of the West Gate Freeway, with better bridges over the freeway.
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“These pedestrian bridges are more than just infrastructure, they connect communities and are a vital link for people who live, work, walk and cycle in Melbourne’s west.”
“The West Gate Tunnel Project will make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle throughout Melbourne’s west.”