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Tullamarine Freeway Widening

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:29 May 2016 - Mid 2018
Estimated Project Cost:$250,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$200,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Hume City Council,Moonee Valley City Council,Moreland City Council
Corridor:Melbourne Urban

Project Description

This project is Section 1 of the overall CityLink Tulla Widening Project.  Section 1 will widen and upgrade the Tullamarine Freeway between the Melbourne Airport and Melrose Drive.  Specifically, Section 1 will:

  • provide an additional lane in each direction between the airport and Melrose Drive;
  • provide a grade separated south bound lane between Mickleham Road and the M80 Ring Road to address traffic flow issues caused by weaving movements;
  • implement a managed motorways system including ramp metering and lane use management; and
  • provide ramp metering including priority queue bypass for buses on the inbound ramp from the Airport.


The project is expected to reduce travel times and improve safety. The overall CityLink Tulla Widening Project is expected to reduce congestion by increasing capacity on the corridor by up to 30 per cent.


The estimated cost of the project is $250 million. The Australian Government is contributing $200 million and the Victorian Government $50 million.


Construction commenced on 29 May 2016 and is expected to be complete in mid 2018.

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Project details last updated: 21/03/2017