New on-ramp opens to ease congestion
Jul 18, 2012
A new Melbourne Airport freeway on-ramp was opened today that will help improve road access and reduce traffic congestion around the airport precinct.
The APAC Drive On-ramp is an additional entry to the Tullamarine Freeway that starts at Melrose Drive and passes over all freeway carriageways to merge with city bound lanes.
At 1.5 kilometres long, the two-lane elevated road will be the most efficient exit for city bound travellers leaving from the southern end of the airport, including the outdoor Long Term Car Park, Business Park precinct, Ring & Ride and the Express Car Park.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said APAC Drive On-ramp would make an immediate impact on easing traffic congestion on the airport’s road network while supporting the airport’s future growth.
“With approximately 80,000 passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport every day, this is a significant improvement to our road network,” Mr Woodruff said.
“We anticipate that up to 15 per cent of vehicles leaving from the southern end of the airport precinct will exit via the new on-ramp. And this number is likely to keep increasing as our Business Park continues to grow and we progress plans for our new domestic terminal.
“The positive effects will be felt at both entry and exit points and people should be able to arrive and depart the southern end of the airport more efficiently.”
A significant project to Melbourne Airport, the $26 million APAC Drive On-ramp also delivered a direct economic benefit to the Victorian economy by employing approximately 360 people during its construction over the past year.
Mr Woodruff thanked passengers, local residents and businesses, and transport operators for their patience during construction.
“At times over the last 12 months, particularly at night, traffic was disrupted due to construction and we certainly appreciate the patience of the local community, passengers and everyone who works in and around the airport precinct as we undertook these works,” Mr Woodruff said.
“The community’s patience and our team’s hard work have seen the project successfully completed on time and on budget.”
Melbourne Airport has a number of road network improvement projects planned to handle the expected tripling of passenger numbers over the next 30 years.
Over the next five years, Melbourne Airport will spend around $1 billion on improving facilities and upgrading its road network.
• APAC Drive On-ramp connects to city bound lanes of Tullamarine Freeway
• The elevated two lane, one way on-ramp extends across Melbourne Airport outdoor Long Term Car Park and over Tullamarine Freeway
• It is approximately 1.5km long
• The clearance level is 5.4m over the Tullamarine Freeway
• Construction commenced July 2011
• APAC Drive On-ramp officially opened Wednesday 18 July 2012
• Project value $26m - funded entirely by Melbourne Airport
• Approximately 70,000 total hours worked
• Around 360 workers throughout the life of the project
• 90 pre-cast concrete girders used
• 90,000 Tonnes of insitu concrete poured
• Total of three, 44 metre, steel girders weighing 70 Tonnes each
Project Delivery Team
• Principal – Melbourne Airport
• Designer – BECA
• Project Manager – BECA
• Head Contractor – McConnell Dowell