City Link Tulla Widening project expected to decrease commute times

The project is expected to increase road capacity by up to 30 per cent, as well as provide time savings of up to 17 minutes along the entire corridor.

Online PR News – 05-May-2016 – Melbourne – The Tullamarine Freeway is one of Melbourne’s oldest freeways, linking Melbourne Airport to the main central business district within the city. The CityLink network, later constructed in the late 1990s, was designed to provide a continuous high-capacity road route linking the Tullamarine, West Gate and Monash Freeways, allowing for greater connectivity in and around the Melbourne CBD. Since its construction, the CityLink-Tullamarine corridor has become one of the most heavily utilised roads within Melbourne, with an estimated 210,000 vehicles traveling along the corridor each day.Outlined in an assessment conducted by the Victorian government, this figure is set to increase to approximately 235,000 vehicles per day by 2031, leading to a proposal to widen the corridor and introduce managed motorways. The assessment outlined further issues which would affect motorists if improvements did not occur, including the decline of travel speeds to an average of 20 kilometres per hour during peak periods, as well as the deterioration of average travel times by up to 20 to 25 per cent by 2031. Dubbed the City Link Tulla Widening project which began construction in October 2015, the project is expected to increase road capacity by up to 30 per cent, as well as provide time savings of up to 17 minutes along the entire corridor.“If you’re flying interstate for business in the morning and coming back in the evening, our upgrade will save you over half an hour on the road,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan.The expansion will envision the construction of at least one additional lane across each way along the 24 kilometre stretch of road, including the construction of priority queue bypasses for buses on the ramp, from the Airport onto the Tullamarine Freeway.Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, pledged $70 million in the Victorian budget towards the project, with the Australian government dedicating $200 million towards the major upgrade. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2018, with stage two of the development to begin early to mid-2016.To discuss the development of significant infrastructure projects taking place across the state, the 7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference will be taking place in April at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, as an opportunity for industry representatives to network and share ideas.David Clements, Program Director of CTW Project, Transurban, will be speaking on the CityLink Tulla Widening project, to provide the latest updates on the project and provide insight into the development. The two day conference provides highly valuable networking opportunities for project managers, operators, contractors, consultants and investors to capitalise on growing business opportunities within the infrastructure and construction industry.The 7th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference is being held on the 19th & 20th of April 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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