We’re adding extra lanes on Craigieburn Road between Hume Highway and Mickleham Road as well as upgrading intersections and building better walking, cycling and public transport connections.
We’re upgrading Craigieburn Road to help you get home safer and sooner.
As part of the project, we’ll add extra lanes between Hume Highway and Mickleham Road as well as upgrading intersections and building better walking, cycling and public transport connections.
Changes to access
When we upgrade main roads by adding news lanes, it’s important to restrict where cars can turn right (across multiple lanes) into or out of driveways and side roads.
Entering a property
Exiting a property
Why restrict right-hand turn access?
We do this for several reasons:
- to reduce congestion and keep traffic flow moving.
What are the benefits of restricting right-hand turn access points?
- Safety – we restrict right-hand turn access in order to keep the road as safe as possible and avoid cars crossing multiple lanes of traffic. ‘Left-in’ and ‘left-out only’ is safer and ensures traffic keeps moving.
- Reducing the number of right-hand turns across multiple lanes of traffic also reduces the chance of side impact collisions (often called ‘T-bones’).
- Reduces the risk of drivers trying to find small breaks in traffic to complete a right turn.
- Improved Traffic Flow – by controlling where cars can turn right, congestion is reduced by avoiding cars from ‘queueing’ behind a car turning right, which thereby improves traffic flow.
How will these changes impact my travel time?
When the road upgrade is complete, you may have to travel slightly further to access the new dedicated U-turn bays or traffic lights. However, your journey will be safer and more reliable.
We can control the timing of traffic lights based on demand at different times of the day, which can improve overall travel times.
How will I get across a lane and into the right turn lane to do a U-turn?
Breaks in traffic provided by traffic lights further up the road will give drivers time to enter the road from driveways and side roads.
If a driver wishes to change direction, they then can make a U-turn at dedicated bays or traffic lights.
Will the new U-turn bays or traffic lights allow for big vehicles?
Vehicles up to 5.2 metres can generally do a U-turn at the traffic lights if permitted.
Vehicles larger than 5.2 metres will need to plan ahead to identify alternative travel routes.
How will traffic lights improve travel along Craigieburn Road?
Due to the high levels of traffic on Craigieburn Road, installing new traffic lights and upgrading existing intersections will improve traffic flow and journey reliability.
During peak periods, traffic lights ensure that traffic movements flow more efficiently, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and make it easier for motorists on adjoining roads to cross or enter Craigieburn Road.
How do you decide where right turn access over a median is allowed?
In general, uncontrolled median breaks are not provided unless there are specific emergency access or functional requirements.
The location and design of access points must consider the following:
- volume of traffic
- type of traffic
- function of the road
- use (emergency access and specific functional requirements).
The design of the road upgrade and access management approach must comply with VicRoads and AustRoads guidelines.
How do you determine the best locations for breaks and U-turn bays?
The location of an intersection is primarily determined by the existing road network and the needs of surrounding property development.
It is desirable that median access points are located on straight and generally flat sections of road.
Other factors also include:
- transport needs for the network.
- driver and pedestrian line of sight distance requirements.
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