New Melbourne Airport on-ramp to ease congestion
Aug 11, 2011
A new ramp at Tullamarine will improve access to Australia's second largest airport and relieve traffic congestion in the airport precinct, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
Officially launching the construction of the APAC Drive on-ramp, Mr Mulder said the project was vital for improving access into the Melbourne Airport, the aviation gateway for Victoria.
"The new APAC Drive on-ramp will improve traffic flow throughout the airport precinct as well as strengthen the road link from Melbourne Airport to the wider Victorian arterial road network," Mr Mulder said.
"With over 28 million passengers using Melbourne Airport, the new on ramp will help locals and visitors alike get on their way from the airport more quickly."
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said that the new APAC Drive on-ramp would ease road congestion getting to and from the airport as well as within the airport's road network.
"Most people who have been to the airport recently will know that our road networks are very busy during peak periods. The APAC Drive on-ramp will provide a new, elevated access point to the Tullamarine Freeway for city-bound traffic from the long term car park area," Mr Woodruff said.
"Melbourne Airport has grown rapidly in recent years and will continue to grow in the future. We are focusing on upgrading our road network and the APAC Drive on-ramp is just one the projects planned to improve traffic flow around the airport precinct.
"At particular times, the construction of APAC Drive on-ramp will impact on road users near the airport and we ask for your patience during these periods.
"The construction schedule has been designed so that all major works that impact road users will be done at off peak times to minimise any inconvenience.
"This will include detours on the Tullamarine Freeway when spans are being put in position across both lanes of the freeway.
"We will of course give drivers plenty of notice about any road works that will impact on their travel," Mr Woodruff said.
Construction of the APAC Drive on-ramp will create approximately 80 jobs and is scheduled to be completed by July 2012.
The Minister for Roads' media statement can be found here.