A CLOSURE of Coode Road West is to start next week, Port of Melbourne and DPW Australia have confirmed.
In a joint statement, the Port and the stevedore said the move was necessary in order to handle a burgeoning freight task.
The closure of Coode Road West is to take place in two stages:
- From Monday 18 June, Coode Road West is to be reduced to one through-lane, with work site barriers and traffic management to facilitate construction.
- From Monday 13 August, Coode Road West is to be permanently closed to through traffic (between Dock Link Road and Mackenzie Road).
From August 13 access to Mackenzie Road initially is to be from Dynon Road, Footscray Road and the Sims Street loops with ramps to and from the West Gate Tunnel to provide additional connections to Mackenzie Road in the longer term.
“With the Port of Melbourne expected to handle up to 12 million TEU by 2065, there is a need to develop and configure the port to accommodate this expected future growth,” the joint statement read.
“The closure of Coode Road West will create additional truck marshalling capacity, increase gate capacity and be the first step in creating an integrated multi-modal terminal with increased yard capacity at DPWA’s Melbourne Terminal.”
Supporters believe the integration of Coode Road West into DPWA’s terminal will help provide greater efficiencies and cost-competitiveness to Victoria’s freight and logistics industry, while cutting the impact of port transport congestion on industry, the environment and the broader community.
Nonetheless, plans to close the road have attracted opposition from those in the transport sector.
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