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.
The past three months we've continued work above and below ground, day and night across the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade.
At the Main Road and Porter Street roundabouts we've commenced road widening, removed medians and islands and completed temporary asphalting for safe driving through these important works. We relocated the River Peel sculpture to its new home near the Yarra River. Across the project we've also been inspecting sewers and utilities to plan for required upgrades and improvements.
Winter construction blitz
Porter Street in Templestowe re-opened to traffic 36 hours ahead of schedule following a 33-day blitz that saw vital works completed to relocate services and drainage.
Crews worked around the clock to dig massive trenches across Porter Street to relocate a set of 52 Telstra communications infrastructure and cover up the trenches so the road could open to motorists.
The blitz, which saw 20,000 work hours completed, means crews are one step closer to safely building the new intersection as a part of the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade and will be able to move to the next phase of works to convert the roundabout to an intersection with traffic lights.
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.
Find out about the works and travel disruptions in these areas:
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.
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.
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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