West Gate Tunnel boring complete
Jun 09, 2023
A major milestone has been reached on the West Gate Tunnel project, with tunnel boring now complete on the two twin tunnels that will create a much-needed alternative to the congested West Gate Bridge. Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Bella has broken through in South Kingsville – completing a 4-kilometre journey from the west side of the Maribyrnong River under Yarraville to just east of Millers Road near the West Gate Freeway.
Crews will continue the important work of building the road deck and installing electrical, lighting and safety systems to prepare both tunnels for completion in 2025. Above ground, work is now underway to construct the ventilation system at the outbound portal and prepare for the installation of the iconic eel net structure.
When complete, the West Gate Tunnel Project is set to transform travel in Melbourne’s west. It will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide a second river crossing, and remove more than 9,000 trucks from residential streets. Journeys will be safer and more reliable with travel times between Melbourne’s west and the city slashed by up to 20 minutes.
There will also be 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, and close to 9 hectares of new parks and wetlands.“ This is a significant breakthrough, completing one of the most challenging parts of the West Gate Tunnel Project – in just a few years’ time, thousands of Victorians will travel through this tunnel each day, transforming Melbourne’s west, “said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
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