We’re adding an extra lane between Heatherton Road and James Cook Drive, upgrading intersections and building new walking and cycling paths.
Major works are underway
Since May, we’ve put in place long-term traffic changes on Hallam North and Heatherton roads, including concrete safety barriers and temporary fencing.
This ensures the continued safety of the community, road users and our workers throughout construction.
We’ve also been:
- locating underground services and utilities, such as gas, water and electricity lines, so they’re protected during construction
- placing fencing and no-go zone signage around any sensitive trees and vegetation we’ll protect
- removing some small trees and vegetation from the western side of Hallam North Road, between Thomas Mitchell Drive and Heatherton Road.
Throughout September, we’re continuing to relocate services and are undertaking asphalting works along Hallam North Road and Heatherton Road to prepare for the construction of new lanes.
- relocation of service utilities, including the water main and power poles along Hallam North Road between James Cook Drive and Heatherton Road
- micro-tunnelling under Heatherton Road to install new drainage pipes
- pavement construction on Hallam North and Heatherton Roads
- installation of new services for traffic signals and street lighting
- asphalting and kerbing to rebuild the Thomas Mitchell Drive intersection at Hallam North Road.
Expect short term delays, lane closures and traffic management in place along Hallam North and Heatherton roads through September while we undertake these works.
Your utility service provider will inform you about any planned service disruptions. If you experience any unplanned disruption, please contact your service provider.
Ongoing changes to traffic conditions
Please observe the new speed limits on Hallam North and Heatherton roads. This includes:
- lane closures between 7am and 5pm on weekdays, and 7am and 1pm on Saturday
- reduced speed limits to 40km/hr on Hallam North Road during works, and 60 km/hr outside of working hours
- reduced speed limits to 60 km/hr on Heatherton Road at all times.
Please plan your journey ahead of time to avoid delays. Allow extra travel time and take care when travelling through the work areas.
Short term closure of the Thomas Mitchell Drive intersection
The Thomas Mitchell Drive intersection at Hallam North Road will be closed from 7am Friday 17 September to 6pm Sunday 10 October.
The closure allows for utility relocations, kerbing and road pavement works, plus the construction of new underground services to allow traffic signals and street lighting to be installed in 2022.
You can access Thomas Mitchell Drive by using James Cook Drive from Hallam North Road and John Fawkner Drive from Heatherton Road. We’ll have detour and traffic signage in place.
Footpath closures in September
We’re removing and installing power poles along Hallam North Road between James Cook Drive and Heatherton Road.
To perform this work safely we’ll have several 6-10 minute long traffic ‘holds’ along Hallam North Road during off-peak periods throughout September.
To ensure your safety through these works, we’ll close the footpath in this area between 7am and 6pm on the following days:
- Saturday 18 September
- Sunday 19 September
- Tuesday 28 September.
Long-term bus stop closures on route 863
The bus stops on either side of Hallam North Road near Thomas Mitchell Drive will remain closed until 2022 to allow us to complete the upgrade works safely. For further information, visit Public Transport Victoria or call on 1800 800 007.
Most works will happen from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 7am and 1pm. Sometimes we may need to work at night or on weekends, when there’s less traffic on the roads. If nightworks are required, we’ll provide advance notice to residents and businesses who may be affected.
Noise from construction will vary depending on the type of activity being undertaken. If you’re close to our works, you may notice increased noise levels at times.
Some of the main sources of noise during construction include excavators and graders, piling rigs, generators, power tools, site workers and trucks delivering and transferring materials to and from our construction sites.
We’ll make every effort to minimise any impacts on local residents and businesses 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.
We’ll endeavour to maintain access to homes and businesses at all times. If access needs to be restricted we’ll notify residents and businesses regarding any future impacts.
This upgrade includes changing access to some local side streets and driveways.
The changes will provide better 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.
Work will be conducted safely and in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. For more information please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
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