M1 Upgrade Works & Road Closures This Weekend

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22 October 2009


Major disruptions for motorists this weekend on the Monash, CityLink and

West Gate (M1) Freeway


As another busy weekend for events in Melbourne approaches, drivers are asked to 

take extra care and plan ahead as major works continue on the M1.


M1 Project Director, John Cunningham said the on-going activity on the M1 corridor

is necessary to deliver the upgrade benefits on schedule. 


“I’d like to thank drivers for their patience and appreciate that the works and

changes will take a bit of getting used to,” Mr Cunningham said. 


“Delivering this huge project on an existing freeway over the last 24-months has

been challenging both for the workers and drivers. When complete this massive

upgrade will significantly improve traffic flow

and safety along Melbourne’s most

critical road link


“Even though new ramps and some sections have been opened already, the

freeway upgrade is still not complete and works are expected to continue every

weekend until December this year.


This weekend’s works on the West Gate Freeway section include reducing traffic to

three

lanes in the eastbound direction between Bolte Bridge and the CityLink

tunnels from 8pm Friday until 5am Monday.  


“This reduction in lanes is required to continue ongoing resurfacing

and joint

replacement works on the freeway,” Mr Cunningham added. 


During the weekend,

the recently-opened Montague Street eastbound entry-ramp

will be closed.


Drivers heading to weekend events in and around the city including: the Cox Plate

race meeting at Moonee Valley, the Melbourne Victory match at Etihad Stadium and 

the International Arts Festival are asked to plan ahead and consider alternate routes

to avoid delays.


“We have been working with event organisers and MetLink to help communicate the

best travel options for those attending these events,” he said. 


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Transurban M1 Project Director, Tony Murphy said that in addition to works on the

Monash Freeway and CityLink (Southern Link)

sections, the CityLink tunnels will

also be closed for an incident response exercise this weekend. 


“The team will use a full freeway closure on the Monash this Saturday night to run

extensive testing of the new leading-edge technology in a series of real-time

simulated incidents on CityLink..


“Some of this technology includes the Lane Use Management System, or the

electronic signs you see above the roadway,” Mr Murphy said. 


The actual roadworks require a

full freeway closure in both directions between

Kings Way and Warrigal Road (including the Domain and Burnley tunnels) which

will be in place from 9pm Saturday (24 October) to 9am Sunday (25 October). 


“A fully signed detour route will direct traffic via Kings Way, Queens Road, Princes

Highway and Warrigal Road

and a daytime lane closures on the Monash Freeway

from Toorak Road to High Street will cause delays in both directions on Saturday

and Sunday,” he said. 


In addition, the Toorak Road inbound exit ramp will be closed from 9pm Saturday

(24 October) to 4am Monday (26 October). Traffic will be detoured via Burke Road

and the Burke Road inbound and outbound entry ramps and High Street exit ramp

will also be closed during the weekend.


Mr Cunningham added that significant delays were expected and strongly

encouraged drivers to avoid the area if possible. 


“We acknowledge that upgrading the M1 has been extensive and appreciate driver’s

patience while we continue the works on one of the State’s busiest roads,” he said.


Further information on the works, a map of the changed conditions or to subscribe


information line 1300 881 137. 


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For further information contact

Mario Urban 0411 790 080 






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