Melbourne Airport has announced plans to build a $300 million passenger terminal and improve freeway access. A new terminal, Terminal Four, will be built to the south of the existing T3 building.
The redevelopment will include a new multi-level car park, widened roads, new baggage facilities and several extra plane gates. The new terminal will be built to handle an additional 10 million passengers a year.
According to the SMH, Mercer Drive, now the access road for the business park from the Tullamarine Freeway, will be widened to become the main entrance road to the airport grounds. Work is progressing on an elevated two-lane overpass exit of the freeway for traffic heading to the city, to ease the bottlenecks and congestion of Centre Road, Terminal Drive and Melrose Drive in the airport precinct. The $26 million exit ramp, passing over the long-term car park and all lanes of the freeway, merging before Mickelham Road, is expected to be completed by June 2012.