West Gate Freeway gets boost

THE West Gate Freeway's traffic management system will get a $12.5 million boost in the federal budget with the government promising there will be no cuts to Victorian infrastructure projects.

The budget will deliver a $901 million instalment for infrastructure to Victoria, part of a six-year nation-building scheme that began in 2008.

Peck hour traffic inbound on the Westgate freeway.
Peck hour traffic inbound on the Westgate freeway. Photo: Joe Armao

Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese also announced completion dates for some major projects.

"From the outset we were determined to return the budget to surplus without sacrificing the long-term investments vital to securing our future prosperity,'' he said.

''That's why the infrastructure budget has been maintained and no Victorian projects delayed or cancelled.''

The $12.5 million will help pay for the latest freeway management technology along the West Gate Freeway, which is used by 160,000 vehicles a day.

Mr Albanese said that by the end of June next year a 17-kilometre Nagambie bypass should be finished as well as construction of the next stage of the Geelong Ring Road.