The Victorian Government has invested $2.2 billion to improve 12 roads in the northern and south eastern outer suburbs, to make it quicker, easier and safer to get to where you need to be.

Bridge Inn Road update

The Bridge Inn Road Upgrade is part of the Northern Roads Upgrade, which will upgrade six key roads in the north.

The Northern Roads Upgrade will be delivered as Public Private Partnership (PPP). This means we’ll engage a contractor through a competitive process to deliver the design and construction of the road upgrades.   

We released a request for proposal (RFP) on 25 March 2019 to deliver 12 projects as part of the South Eastern and Northern Roads Upgrades. We are currently in the tender evaluation phase of the project and anticipate the contract to be awarded in early 2020. Construction will start from mid to late 2020.

Project details

As part of the Bridge Inn Road Upgrade, we’ll:

  • add an extra lane in each direction between Plenty Road and Yan Yean Road
  • install new traffic lights at Cookes Road and Garden Road
  • upgrade the intersections at Schotters Road, Vantage Point Boulevard and Painted Hills Road
  • install traffic lights near Ivanhoe Grammar School, including a pedestrian crossing to improve access to local schools
  • build a bridge over Plenty River and upgrade the existing bridge
  • build a shared walking and cycling path
  • install safety barriers along the road.

Why Bridge Inn Road?

More than 17,000 people use Bridge Inn Road every day.

We understand that during peak times, you experience significant delays in this area.

For growing suburbs including Mernda and Doreen, this upgrade will make traffic flow better so you can get to where you need to be sooner and safer.


This upgrade will:

  • improve traffic flow and travel times
  • provide better access to the new Mernda train station
  • enhance connectivity to residential developments and employment opportunities in the north
  • provide easier access to the proposed Mernda town centre
  • make it easier and safer for you to walk or cycle around your local area
  • lower the risk and severity of crashes by adding safety barriers.

Community feedback

In September and October 2018, we shared our proposed design of the Bridge Inn Road Upgrade and received over 270 pieces of feedback. We then provided this feedback to the project team who used it to refine the proposed design.

For more information about what we heard visit the Bridge Inn Road engagement hub.

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