We’re adding an extra lane on Childs Road between Beaumont Crescent and Prince of Wales Avenue, replacing the roundabout at Bowman Drive to traffic lights and building a new bridge over Darebin Creek.

Major works in progress

Major construction on the Childs Road Upgrade started in April with a new intersection with traffic lights at Bowman Drive taking shape.

In the last months, we’ve removed traffic islands along Childs Road at Beaumont Crescent and Hawkes Drive intersections, as well as the Bowman Drive roundabout.

On Wednesday 30 June, we removed the roundabout and installed temporary traffic lights at the Bowman Drive intersection to help move traffic safely while we start to build new lanes.

We’ve also started building the new bridge over Darebin Creek. We’ll drill concrete poles into the ground as part of the foundations of the bridge for about three weeks. These works will be carried out during the day.

Over the next few months, we’ll:

  • build new lanes on the southern side on Childs Road
  • start to build the new Darebin Creek Trail connection under the bridges
  • set up a small work site near Darebin Creek to support the construction of the new bridge.

What can you expect?

To complete these works safely, we’ll need to temporarily close lanes and reduce speed limits. You may also notice minor access changes to local streets in the area during working hours.

We’ll carefully plan our work to minimise disruptions and provide you with advance notice of scheduled changes so you can plan your movements.

We’ll keep you informed through regular emails, SMS, project updates, electronic message boards, and a 24-hour contact phone line.

Working hours

Most of our works will take place between 9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday to avoid impacting the busy school drop-off and pick-up times. On Saturdays we’ll work from 7am to 5pm.

Some works will need to occur overnight. When this is required, we’ll provide plenty of notice.

Bus stops

The bus stop on the southern side of Childs Road near Hawkes Drive will be closed until February 2022.

Bus route 566 will be moved to the existing stop at Mindoro Crescent and bus route 569 will moved to the existing stop at Woolnough Drive during this time.

The bus stop on the northern side of Childs Road will remain open.

New pedestrian crossing

We have opened a new crossing at the Bowman Drive intersection to help you move around the area easily and safely during construction. You can now cross the intersection at Hawkes Drive, Childs Road and Bowman Drive.

Changes to Darebin Creek walking and cycling path

To support construction of the new bridge, a temporary site office will be located on the Darebin Creek path, south of the bridge. A small section of the path will be closed until late 2022 to safely build a new bridge over Darebin Creek.

During this time, access to the path will be via Hawkes Drive and Moneghetti Way.

We'll also close a small section of the Hendersons Road Drain Trail while we build a retaining wall for the new walking and cycling path. During this time, access to the path will be via Bowman Drive and Patmore Court.

Working hours

Most of our works will take place between 9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday to avoid impacting the busy school drop-off and pick-up times. On Saturdays we’ll work from 7am to 5pm.

Some works will need to occur overnight. When this is required, we’ll provide plenty of notice.

Noise and vibration

There will be some noise and vibration during construction. Noise and vibration may be generated from moving vehicles, machinery, rock breaking, reversing beepers or generators used to power equipment.

We’ll make every effort to minimise any impacts on local residents during these works by:

  • scheduling noisy activities in day-time construction hours
  • providing local residents and businesses with advance notice about any out-of-hours works
  • fitting machinery with engine noise reduction equipment
  • monitoring noise in areas adjacent to residential and commercial properties.

Traffic, cyclists and pedestrians

There will be changes to traffic conditions including temporary traffic lights, lane closures, speed limit reductions, permanent local road access changes and overnight bridge closures with detours.

We’ll need to move bus stops temporarily whilst we add the extra lane and pedestrians may need to walk a little further to get around. We’ll notify you of these changes before they happen.

Access

Homes and businesses

We’ll endeavour to maintain access to homes and businesses along Childs Road at all times but will ensure notification is provided to residents regarding any future impacts.

Lalor North Secondary College

Most of our works will take place between 9.30am to 3pm to avoid impacting the busy school drop-off and pick-up times.

Access changes

The upgrade to Childs Road includes changing access to some local side streets including Hawkes Drive, Beaumont Crescent and Mindoro Crescent.

The changes will provide better east-west connectivity and improve traffic flow and safety for all road users by reducing the likelihood and severity of crashes. Under the new design, permanent changes will be in place to provide safe turning options at nearby intersections.

We’ll provide residents with as much notice as possible about when the permanent changes will come into effect.

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