North East Link crews preparing the site where the tunnel boring machine will start work in Templestowe.

The West Gate Tunnel and Metro Tunnel will see major construction upgrades across the coming months as part of Victoria’s Big Build, including more level crossing removal and a new train station set to open. 

The Labor Government’s $100 billion program of Big Build works is helping the economy by creating more than 50,000 jobs.

In Melbourne’s west, Footscray Road will reopen on 15 June after more than 400 massive concrete segments, each weighing 100 tonnes, were lifted into place to build the new elevated road as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

To make it easier to get to and from the west, the bridge over the rail lines at Dynon Road will be widened and strengthened to join a new exit ramp from the West Gate Tunnel. 

In July, crews from the Metro Tunnel will complete signalling improvement works on the Sunbury and Bendigo lines. The West Gate Freeway is set to widen from 8 to 12 lanes and rebuild ramps.

In Melbourne’s southeast, the dangerous and congested level crossings at Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road, will officially be gone for good and the new Glen Huntly Station will open in early August.

These will mark the Victorian Government’s 71st and 72nd level crossing removals, along with the 42nd new or upgraded station.

From Watsonia to Bulleen, major works are underway on North East Link to prepare for tunnelling from 2024. There will be occasional lane closures on Greensborough Road, Macleod as crews continue to work towards the arrival of the tunnel boring machines later this year.

Works on the Gippsland Line Upgrade are set to progress with signal construction work to take place between Nar Nar Goon and Warragul, and between Moe and Traralgon.

Yarra Trams will be focusing its attention on the busy intersection of Spencer and Collins streets, replacing tracks and maintaining overhead power cables from 10pm 30 June to 10 July. 

Victorian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said, “We’re getting on with our massive amount of works on Victoria’s Big Build this winter – with projects like the West Gate Tunnel and Metro Tunnel really taking shape to transform the way Victorians travel.”

Featured image: North East Link crews preparing the site where the tunnel boring machine will start work in Templestowe. Image courtesy of the Victorian Government.

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