We're upgrading Chandler Highway to improve traffic flow between Melbourne's inner east, south and north.

March 2019

Chandler Highway bridge nearing completion

The new and improved six lane Chandler Highway bridge is nearing completion, 89 years after the original rail bridge was converted into a two-lane road crossing over the Yarra River.

Earlier this month we reached a significant milestone on the $110 million project, opening two new lanes, one in each direction between Heidelberg Road and the Eastern Freeway outbound exit ramp.

What is happening during March

In the coming weeks all six lanes on the new bridge will be open, providing welcome relief for the 44,000 drivers who rely on this crossing but face significant traffic congestion.

The new bridge will feature noise reducing asphalt to minimise road noise created by tyres.

To get this done we’ll need to work at night and close lanes at various times during the month. Residents and motorists will be notified before any work occurs.

Walking and cycling paths

In January, we switched on the new traffic lights at the Yarra Boulevard and Chandler Highway intersection. This allows cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross the road while we’ve temporarily closed the Main Yarra Trail underneath the Chandler Highway bridge.

The Main Yarra Trail will remain closed until mid-2019, while we continue building an underpass, new cycling paths and begin landscaping underneath the bridge. Please follow signed detours via the Yarra Boulevard pedestrian crossing.

We’re also continuing works to convert the heritage bridge to a dedicated walking and cycling path. Once completed you’ll enjoy a safe network of paths and crossings including the re-purposed heritage Chandler Highway bridge.

Other milestones

In February we:

  • Started to install noise barriers on the west side of the new bridge, which span the entire length of the structure, between Rex Avenue and Yarra Boulevard. These noise barriers will help protect privacy and reduce traffic noise.
  • Progressed the removal of the attached walkway on the old bridge.

Download a copy of the Chandler Highway Community Update - March 2019 (PDF, 400.5 KB)

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