Some of the best noise walls in Victoria are being built for the West Gate Tunnel Project, at a level that goes above and beyond the standard for an existing motorway.
The project had already called for 8.5 kilometres of noise walls. The three additional noise walls will reduce noise in Crofts Reserve in Altona North, and McIvor Reserve, Stony Creek Reserve in Yarraville, and Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood.
These important community facilities are home to cricket, hockey and soccer clubs and are enjoyed by thousands of people in the west. The move was proposed in direct response to community feedback, invited by the government earlier this year, to reduce noise at local sporting clubs and parks.
The government will also require the operator to maintain reduced noise levels throughout the term of the contract, and for twenty years after the opening of the project.
In a related move, there will be two more truck bans in the inner west, to stop “rat runs” through local streets when the West Gate Tunnel opens in 2022. Bans will apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on Hudsons Road between Booker Street and Melbourne Road, and along the full length of Blackshaws Road from Melbourne Road to Grieve Parade.
The new bans, also responding to issues raised through community consultation, will take up to 5,000 trucks per day off local streets, adding to the more than 9,000 removed by the bans already announced. Trucks with a local origin or destination in the area will be exempt from the bans.
The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, slashing congestion, taking more than 9,000 trucks per day from streets in the inner west and creating more than 6000 jobs.
To improve freight productivity and reduce costs, the Labor Government will require the tunnel operator to set discounted shuttle rates and cap maximum daily tolls for trucks making multiple trips through the tunnel, as well as night time discounts.
“This is a win for the whole community,” said Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan, “quieter, safer streets for the inner west and cheaper, more efficient port access for the transport industry.”
The project will also see the creation of nine hectares, a space nearly equal to 4 MCGs, of new open space and wetlands.