We're upgrading Fitzsimons Lane to make it easier and safer to get you where you need to be.
What we’re doing
We’ve started work and set up a site office in Templestowe.
In the first half of the year we’ve been busy completing site investigations, setting up safe work areas and relocating utility services.
Throughout the next few months, we’ve got a lot of construction activity across the project and ask that you plan your local journeys.
We’ll work behind barriers during the day and on the road at night to minimise traffic disruptions. While we may still need to close lanes at times during the day, we plan to do most of our work at night when the roads are quieter.
Main Road night works
From 12 May until late June we’ll work at night between 8pm and 6am, Sunday night to Friday morning to start upgrading the Main Road roundabout to traffic lights.
Works will also involve changes to pedestrian and cyclist access from Jayson Avenue to Hohnes Road from late May.
Porter Street night works
From 16 May until late June we’ll work at night between 8pm and 6am, Sunday night to Friday morning to start upgrading the Porter Street roundabout to traffic lights.
Works will also involve relocating the River Peel sculpture and the Williamsons Road and Porter Street bus stop (city bound routes 282 and 905) to a new temporary site 150 metres further west.
Winter construction blitz
From late June to mid-July we’ll work around the clock to fast track 3 months of work at Porter Street to relocate underground utility services near the Templestowe Reserve and northern end of Hawtin Street.
Works to upgrade Leane Drive are continuing. During May works will include lane closures and speed reductions while we prepare for asphalting.
Later this year, the new traffic lights will be built. This work will include installing kerbs, drainage, traffic light infrastructure, asphalting and constructing driveways.
Bus stop relocations
In June we’ll need to temporarily relocate or close five bus stops near the Foote Street and Williamsons Road intersection.
The nearest bus stops will be clearly sign posted and more information can be found at ptv.vic.gov.au.
What you can expect
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 plan ahead and keep residents, businesses and motorists informed of our works through regular emails, SMS, project updates, electronic message boards, and a 24-hour contact line.
Most works will be performed between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 5pm on Saturdays.
In order to minimise disruption to the community and to take advantage of when the roads are quietest, we will work extended hours during school holidays, which will generally be between 7am and 10pm. Some works will need to occur overnight, and we’ll provide advanced notice so that you can plan and prepare.
Where possible we’ll complete phases of works with construction ‘blitzes’. This means we’ll work around the clock to complete the works quickly, minimise extended impacts and provide the community with the benefits of the upgrade as early as possible. We’ll provide advance notice for any blitz activities so that you can prepare and plan ahead.
Noise and vibration
There will be some noise and vibration during construction. This may be generated from moving vehicles, machinery, rock breaking, reversing beepers or generators used to power equipment. Where works need to take place at night, we’ll make all reasonable efforts to reduce noise where possible.
Driving, riding and walking
There will be changes to traffic conditions including temporary traffic lights, lane closures, speed limit reductions, local road access changes and full road closures with detours.
We’ll need to move bus stops temporarily while we build the new intersections and you may need to walk a little further to get around.
We’ll notify you of these changes before they happen. To receive this information promptly, please subscribe to email or SMS updates.
Detours, signage and traffic controllers will be in place to manage traffic flow and ensure all road users are able to safely navigate around our work areas. Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Respecting and managing the environment
We recognise that mature trees and vegetation are important to the local community and supports local biodiversity. Minimising the impact of vegetation removal has been an important consideration in the design and construction staging of the project.
We’ll protect trees and other sensitive vegetation with ‘no-go zones’ and have qualified fauna and flora handlers on call. We have a dedicated environment manager for the project.
As we start building there will be opportunities to have your say on other aspects of the project. This includes things such as landscaping, providing ideas on how we can reuse the timber from the trees we need to remove and other legacy items that will remain long after the project is finished.
Your feedback will also help us minimise inconvenience to businesses and residents as we plan for construction activities.
Plan your journey
We’ll need to change how you move around the area whilst we are building the intersections.
There will be signs and detours in place to guide you and we’ll always provide advance notice ahead of changes. We do ask that you expect delays and plan ahead.
To complete works safely we’ll need to install barriers, close lanes and change how you move through the intersections.
Walking and Riding
We’ll ensure you can continue to walk and cycle through the area, however at times you may be detoured to safely move around the work area. Keep an eye out for directional signage.
We’ll need to move bus stops temporarily whilst we build the new intersections. Visit ptv.vic.gov.au to subscribe to Public Transport Victoria weekly travel alerts.
Keeping you informed
We’ll keep you updated throughout construction. Sign up for email or SMS updates below. For the latest traffic updates visit Victoria's Big Build.
Be on the lookout for variable message signs on the road which we will use to inform you of upcoming traffic changes.
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