We’re upgrading Dohertys Road in Laverton North to improve access to key freight routes and industrial areas.


Dohertys Road

In the past few months, we've completed the lane duplication from Foundation Road to Palmers Road, built a new walking and cycling path on both sides of the road and installed traffic lights at the entrance to Port Phillip Prison.

We've upgraded the intersection of Dohertys and Fitzgerald roads with new traffic lights and an additional lane in each direction. Soon, we'll complete the relocation of services, and we'll open the remaining left slip lanes.

We've installed the truss structure of the Federation Trail pedestrian overpass over Dohertys Road. We expect to complete the bridge soon.

We've completed the intersection upgrade at Hume Road. We’ll have the traffic lights operational soon.

Current works

Work locations along Dohertys RoadAugust
Fitzgerald Road to Gordon Luck Avenue

We’ll place the final layer of asphalt. We’ll work overnight from 7pm to 5am, from 2 to 6 August.

We'll continue asphalting overnight from 8pm to 5am, 9 August for about 2 weeks. We might change traffic conditions, so please plan ahead.

Hume Road intersection

We'll close the Hume road intersection overnight from 7pm, Thursday 20 to 5am, Friday 21 August.

We expect to have the traffic lights operational by the end of August.

Federation Trail overpass

We'll continue to build the surface, deck and ramps until September.

Cyanamid Street and Cherry Lane intersectionWe'll close the intersection from 7pm, Wednesday 12 to 5am, Thursday 13 August.

We'll continue to complete the lane duplication and roundabout until September.
Bridge over the M1 freeway

We'll close the westbound lanes overnight from 7pm to 5am, Saturday 15 and Monday 17 August. We'll have detours in place for westbound traffic only.

We'll close both directions from 7pm, Sunday 16 to 7am, Monday 17 August.

We'll maintain local access on both sides while we work.

Gordon Luck Avenue to Grieve ParadeWe'll be completing works.
Walking and Cycling path, from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve ParadeWe're continuing works until project completion.

Why Dohertys Road?

We’re building a network of improved roads that will improve the flow of traffic in the west. We understand that the current level of disruption in the western suburbs may be challenging and appreciate your patience while we do this critical work. The Western Roads Upgrade is due to be completed by early 2021.

More than 20,000 cars and trucks rely on Dohertys Road every day. Dohertys Road is a key route within the Western Industrial Precinct, connecting this rapidly growing freight hub to the M80 Freeway Corridor, Princes Freeway, and the Port of Melbourne. The upgrade will help increase the productivity to boost Victoria’s economy. We will increase road safety and keeping cyclists away from cars and heavy vehicles.

Project details

On Dohertys Road, we’re:

  • adding an extra lane in each direction from Palmers Road to Foundation Road and from Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade
  • building a second bridge over the Princes Freeway, to improve road capacity and traffic flow
  • upgrading six intersections, including new traffic lights at the entrance of Port Phillip Prison, Fitzgerald Road and Hume Road, and new roundabouts at Gordon Luck Avenue, Cherry Lane and Cyanamid Street
  • building a new overpass for the Federation Trail for cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross Dohertys Road
  • creating new walking and cycling path along the west side of Dohertys Road.

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Transforming this key industrial and freight route has many benefits, including:

  • helping freight get to where they need to be safer and sooner
  • improving journey times for all road users with extra lanes
  • keeping cyclists safely away from cars and heavy vehicles
  • boosting road connectivity to some of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas
  • providing a more reliable east-west connection to the freeway network.

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