Minimising impacts during construction

Current traffic impacts

Cotters Road is now closed and will reopen in March 2020 when the new lanes on O’Herns Road are complete.

Access to Cotters Road is from Rockfield Street and Lyndarum Drive, and we'll have signage and traffic controllers in place to assist you.

Although upgrades to Cotters Road are not within the scope of the O’Herns Road Upgrade, we’ll maintain the currently unsealed section of road near Rockfield Street during the closure.

We're also reducing O'Herns Road to one lane between Quinlan Road and Manor House Drive from Wednesday 11 December to Wednesday 18 December.

During this time you'll be unable to turn right onto Quinlan Road from O'Herns Road. Our traffic controllers will be in place to help you safely navigate our site.

Reduced speed limits on O’Herns Road and the Hume Freeway will remain in place while works are underway.

We previously advised that we’ll be closing the footpath between Redding Rise and Blainey Crescent until 20 December 2019. The footpath will now remain closed until late January 2020 so we can continue to safely build the retaining wall along O’Herns Road.

Managing traffic impacts

We're committed to keeping you moving during construction.

The majority of our works will be performed during the day between 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 3pm on Saturdays.

Some works may need to be undertaken at night to minimise impacts on traffic and utility services. If this needs to happen, we’ll let you know in advance.

Traffic management

Traffic management will be in place to guide roads users safely around our work zones. Our measures will include:

  • installing signage and traffic devices to guide all road users through changed traffic conditions
  • temporary lane and road closures
  • temporary diversion of the Galada Tamboore shared walking and cycling path
  • temporary diversion of road traffic
  • reducing speed limits
  • installing safety barriers to safely separate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers from our construction activities.
Road and path closures and detours

Due to the relocation of services near walking and cycling paths, roads and the construction of the new freeway interchange, temporary diversions and traffic management should be expected at Cotters Road, Redding Rise, Quinlan Drive, O’Herns Road, Hume Freeway and the Galada Tamboore shared walking and cycling path.

Maintaining access to private property

In most cases, we’ll be able to carry out works without affecting access to homes or businesses. We’ll make every effort to ensure there is little or no disruption to you or your property during construction. We’ll let you know in advance your access will be temporarily affected by our works.

Minimising dirt and mud

We’re committed to maintaining public safety and keeping roads we use during construction free of dirt and mud. Measures will include:

  • limiting the number of access points to and from each construction site
  • using crushed rock to temporarily pave busy roads, on and around work sites
  • limiting the number of construction vehicles using public roads as much as possible
  • cleaning dirt and mud off construction vehicles at site exit points and off any parts of the road
  • regular inspection of worksites and local roads.
Communicating traffic changes

We'll provide you with regular updates so you can plan your journey.

We'll do this in advance with:

  • electronic variable message signage and directional signage
  • letters to residents and businesses
  • advertising in local papers
  • information on Victoria's Big Build and our website
  • email notifications.

Managing noise

Some of the main sources of noise during construction include machinery such as excavators and graders, piling rigs, trucks delivering and transferring materials, generators and power tools.

Local residents can expect to experience some noise and vibration as works take place. We’ll minimise noise impacts by:

  • scheduling noisy activities during day-time working hours whenever possible
  • providing local residents with advance notice about any out of hours work
  • fitting smart alarms to vehicles  that are quieter than standard reversing alarms
  • fitting machinery with engine noise reduction equipment
  • targeted noise monitoring in areas adjacent to residential properties.

We’ll also conduct noise emission assessments to ensure appropriate mitigation measures are in place before we start any noisy activities.

Managing vibration

If you live or work near one of our construction sites, you may feel some vibration in your home or office. The vibration you feel is usually well below the levels that may cause changes in the condition of your property.

Our construction methods have been developed to minimise ground vibration. If you do feel a vibration in your home and would like to discuss this with us, please call 1800 105 105 while the vibration is occurring.

We conduct background vibration monitoring before works start, and continue monitoring during works. By monitoring vibration levels during our works, we ensure that we’re continually under the prescribed limits.

Questions or concerns

We’re monitoring noise, dust and vibration to ensure impacts are kept to a minimum. If you have any questions or concerns during these works, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1800 105 105.

There should be no impact to your water supply during water main relocation works. If you do have any concerns about your water supply, please contact Yarra Valley Water on 13 27 62 or visit Yarra Valley Water website.

Temporary power outages may be required during service relocation works. Your utility service provider will let you know of any planned outages ahead of time.

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