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Timelapse: West Gate Bridge resurfacing

Eerie timelapse of night time resurfacing work on the West Gate Bridge. (Video supplied by VicRoads)

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Authorities have warned motorists that there will be delays of up to an hour on one of the city's major arterials after roadworks begin on Thursday night.

CityLink's Burnley Tunnel and outbound lanes of the West Gate Bridge will be closed for maintenance from Thursday night.

The West Gate Freeway will be closed outbound between 11pm and 5am on Thursday and Friday, while the Burnley Tunnel will close for five days from 10pm on Thursday night to 5am Tuesday January 7.

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"This work has to be done and this is the best time of the year to do it," said VicRoads' director of road operations Dean Zabrieszach.

He said the second stage of work being undertaken on the West Gate and CityLink was likely to be more disruptive than last week given the number of closely placed ramps around the Burnley tunnel which would be closed.

Traffic volumes on the roads had also increased since stage one works began last week, as the city slowly returned to normal after Christmas. Mr Zabrieszach said traffic was forecast to increase at 5 per cent a day on Friday and Monday, as Melburnians travelled back from their holidays and returned to work.

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"There is probably 50 per cent trucks in the traffic on the freeway which we didn't have last Friday," he said.

Mr Zabrieszach pleaded with motorists to plan ahead, allow for delays and to consider taking alternate modes of transport.

Maintenance work on the West Gate will mean four major ramps will be closed including Montague Street and the east-bound Punt Road ramp to CityLink.

Tunnel.

It is the first time either CityLink tunnel has had resurfacing work since they opened in 2000. Photo: David Caird

To ease traffic congestion turn restrictions will also be in place including at Swan Street/Batman Avenue, Linlithgow Avenue/Alexandra Avenue, Power Street/City Road and Power Street/Cavanagh Street.

Mr Zabrieszach said people coming in from the west and wanting to reach the south-eastern suburbs should exit early, preferably at Geelong Road before picking up the eastern freeway. Late exists at Power Street could result in delays of up to an hour.

Capital costs for the CityLink maintenance work is about $20 million while work on the West Gate will cost VicRoads up to $3 million.

However Mr Zabrieszach admitted there would also be time costs to the public and lost revenue for road operators.

"When we close the West Gate or CityLink tunnel for an hour, it can cost upwards of a million dollars," he said. Work on the Burnley tunnel follows the completion of maintenance work on the Domain tunnel last week.

However given the Burnley tunnel was almost twice as long as the Domain tunnel, CityLink senior project manager Graham Widger said it would take longer to complete the resurfacing work.

About 300 workers will remove about 40,000 square metres of asphalt before replacing it, taking care to ensure the clearance space between the road surface and Burnley tunnel roof remained the same. The new surface is expected to last around 15 years.

It is the first time either CityLink tunnel has had resurfacing work since they opened in 2000. Since then about 125,000 vehicles a day have used the tunnels.