We’ve added traffic lights at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection. As part of the next stage of the project, we’ll build a new interchange at the Hume Freeway.
Stage 2 gets green light
Stage 2 of the O’Herns Road Upgrade is one step closer, with the project receiving environmental approval from the Federal Government in June 2019.
Over the past 2 years, we’ve been working with the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy to secure the required environmental approvals to allow work to commence on Stage 2.
In June 2019 the Federal Government approved the project’s approach to managing the area’s biodiversity and places of natural significance including possible impacts to the local endangered Golden Sun Moth and vulnerable Growling Grass Frog populations.
Early works and site investigations have already been undertaken along O’Herns Road and the Hume Freeway in Epping, including geotechnical drilling.
The contract to build Stage 2 of the upgrade will be awarded in the coming months with construction to begin soon after.
Stage 1 complete
Early this year we finished major works at the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection.
As part of the first stage of the project, the roundabout has been converted to an intersection with traffic lights, slip lanes and right turn lanes.
The changes provide safer journeys, better traffic flow and less congestion across Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
New on-road bike lanes have also been introduced to connect to nearby walking and cycling paths to increase rider safety.
We’ll continue minor construction works and landscaping at the intersection throughout 2019.
Direct access to Hume Freeway
The second stage of the O’Herns Road Upgrade will provide direct access to the Hume Freeway via new on and off ramps. We’ll also widen the bridge over the freeway and deliver three improved north-south connections between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road, making it easier for you to travel through Melbourne’s north.
For stage two, we will:
- add one new lane in each direction between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise
- build new traffic light intersections at Edgars Road, Gateway Boulevard and Koukoura Drive
- build a new interchange with direct access to the freeway
- widen the bridge over the freeway to help improve traffic flow to the new interchange and match the number of lanes between Redding Rise and Epping Road
- add one new lane in each direction on the Hume Freeway between O’Herns Road and Cooper Street
- continue on-road bike lanes on O’Herns Road from Redding Rise.
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Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve traffic flow and road safety in Melbourne’s north.
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