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

Current works

As part of the finishing works on the Chandler Highway Heritage Bridge, minor surface works will take place during the day from 7 January 2020 for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

Access will be maintained at all times for pedestrians and cyclists with signage in the area.

Major road work completed

Drivers are now experiencing quicker journeys and less congestion with all major roadwork on the new six lane Chandler Highway bridge now complete.

This is an important milestone that will have enormous benefits for local road users and the broader road network.

The new bridge now has the final layer of noise reducing asphalt, line marking is complete and all kerb work has been done. As a result, there will be no further night works on the new bridge.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked to improve traffic flow for the 44,000 drivers who rely on this crossing every day.

Walking and cycling paths improved

Over the past few months we’ve been working to make it easier for you to walk and cycle in the area. You’ll now enjoy better connections, safer crossings and more direct routes.

As part of the upgrade we’ve:

  • added better connections to existing trails
  • built a new underpass that links the Main Yarra Trail from east to west on the south side of the Yarra River
  • completed a ramp from the Main Yarra Trail to Yarra Boulevard to replace 70 steps
  • added a new set of stairs on the north side of the Yarra River to connect the north west side of the Chandler Highway bridge to the north east side of Chandler Highway and the Yarra River.

Artwork installation

A unique mural depicting the story of how the Yarra River was formed (as told by Barak) and featuring local flora and fauna adorns a new section of the upgraded Main Yarra Trail.

The mural was designed and painted by Ash Firebrace and Tom Civil and celebrates the cultural heritage of the area.

Heritage bridge

We respect the bridge’s historical significance and we are undertaking refurbishment works to ensure its heritage value is maintained and can be used for many years to come.

To restore the bridge to its original condition we are removing graffiti and old paint. As part of this work, experts in heritage refurbishment are removing lead paint from sections of the lattice truss structure to undertake necessary repairs.

We will then paint the wrought iron trusses in their original colour, repair damaged mortar and complete any necessary repairs to the stonework and brickwork.

Refurbishment works are expected to be complete in late 2019.


Over the coming months we will continue to landscape around the Yarra River and underneath the two bridges. Landscaping has been carefully planned to ensure appropriate plant species are selected which meet requirements of the flood zone along the Yarra River as well as complementing the natural species found in the area.

These include small shrubs and tufting/groundcovers such as Revelation Dianella, Black Anther Flax-Lily, Tanika Lomandra and Spotted Gums.

Community event

We held a community event to celebrate the improvements to walking and cycling and the new mural celebrating the cultural heritage of the area.

Around 200 people joined the team at the new viewing deck at the top of the new Main Yarra Trail underpass to enjoy a coffee and cake to celebrate what the project has contributed to the area.

To mark the occasion, a special Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony were held to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the new six lane Chandler Highway bridge sits.

Download a copy of the Chandler Highway Community Update - July 2019 (PDF, 3.8 MB)

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