Traffic gridlock in Melbourne’s CBD and Docklands districts will be reduced and thousands of cars removed from Spencer and King streets with the widening of the city’s first CBD bypass to be developed in decades.

Civil contractors this week commenced new works to widen the Wurundjeri Way extension with 1.6 kilometres of new bridges and ramps built, 581 bridge parapets installed, and asphalting works already advanced.

Transport Infrastructure Minister Danny Pearson said the Wurundjeri Way extension was first new city bypass in nearly 25 years and a key part of the larger West Gate Tunnel Project. 

Once open, Wurundjeri Way will reduce traffic across Docklands and Melbourne’s CBD, and will take up to 5,000 cars off Spencer and King streets every day.  

The West Gate Tunnel Project will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, providing a much-needed second river crossing, cutting congestion and taking 9,000 trucks a day off local roads. 

It will also create more than 14 kilometres of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, and close to nine hectares of new parks and wetlands.