We’re adding an extra lane between Heatherton Road and James Cook Drive, upgrading intersections and building new walking and cycling paths.

We’re getting underway

Over the coming months you will start seeing pre-construction activity ramping up on Hallam North and Heatherton Roads.

We’ll be continuing utility services and geotechnical investigations to help us understand utility service locations and ground conditions.  This will inform the design for the widened roads, retaining walls, drainage and shared use path.

From late April, there will be changes to traffic conditions as we start placing barriers and making the roads safe for motorists as they drive through the works. See map below for the changes.

Changes to traffic conditions
From late April, you’ll see long-term changes to traffic conditions on Hallam North and Heatherton Roads.

We will:

  • lower the speed limit to 60km/hr during on Heatherton Road (between John Fawkner Drive and Carolyn Close)
  • lower the speed limit to 40km/h during work hours and 60km/h after work hours on Hallam North Road (between James Cook Drive and Heatherton Rd)
  • introduce temporary lane closures during working hours
  • build temporary lanes and paint line markings on the edges of Hallam North Road and Heatherton Road to ensure safe driving through our work zone
  • place traffic barriers on the northbound lane of Hallam North Road (between James Cook Drive and Heatherton Road) and on the westbound lane of Heatherton Road (between Hallam North Road and John Fawkner Drive)
  • install roadwork signage for the duration of the project.

Between 7am and 5pm on weekdays, we’ll sometimes have lane closures in place to control traffic.

Please plan your journey ahead of time to avoid delays. Allow extra travel time and take care when travelling through the work areas.

HNHRU Stage 1 Traffic Changes Map

View a larger version of the map (PDF, 151.8 KB).

What can you expect?

When works begin we will need to install barriers, close lanes and reduce speed limits to ensure the safety of workers and road users. Minor traffic delays should be expected. For major works we may need to close a section of road.  In these cases please plan ahead, add extra time to your journey, and take extra care around road works.

You can find out more about planned works at Victoria's Big Build.

We’ll coordinate with our other projects such as the nearby Monash Freeway Upgrade and Narre Warren North Road Upgrade as well as council works to minimise disruptions.

We’ll keep you informed of our works through regular emails, project updates, electronic message boards, information sessions and our 24-hour contact line.

Working hours

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.

Access changes

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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