We’re upgrading Plenty Road between McKimmies Road and Bridge Inn Road to make your journey quicker and safer.
Managing traffic impacts
We're committed to keeping you moving during construction.
Over 52,000 vehicles use Plenty Road between McKimmies Road and Bush Boulevard every day, with an average of 35,000 continuing their journey between Bush Boulevard and Bridge Inn Road. The project has been carefully planned to minimise traffic impacts, as construction will be delivered in stages along Plenty Road.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and workers during the project, various forms of traffic management will be in place. Traffic management will vary depending on the location and complexity of the construction activity. We’ll develop specific traffic management plans to minimise traffic impacts on the local community and road users.
We’ll schedule road-impacting activities outside of peak times and work to minimise the duration of temporary road and lane closures. We’ll continue to work closely with local residents, businesses and stakeholders to discuss proposed traffic changes and identify appropriate strategies to help reduce these impacts.
The wider community will be notified in advance of major traffic changes such as detours, road closures and alterations to cyclist and pedestrian routes.
To complete our work safely, we’ll make temporary changes to speed limits and close lanes as required. Detours will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic controllers will be able to assist if required.
We’ll provide you with advanced notice about any traffic changes. Traffic conditions will progressively change, and we ask you to be alert, patient and pay close attention to road signage. Where possible, plan your journey in advance and allow extra travel time.
Pedestrians and cyclists
Temporary fencing, road barriers and signage will be used to define the construction zone to ensure that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can safely navigate around works. Access routes will change as the works progress, but we’ll always make sure there is safe access as you walk and cycle around the area.
Some night works will be required during construction to minimise traffic disruption during peak times. If night work is required and you live close to the works, we’ll notify you prior to work starting.
To minimise disruptions, we will:
- prioritise works that are close to residents, earlier in the evening and aim to finish these as early as possible
- rotate the location of night works to reduce the likelihood of the project disturbing the same area over consecutive nights
- where technically possible, fit smart alarms to vehicles that are quieter than standard reversing alarms.
Access to homes and businesses
You’ll always have access to homes and businesses. Businesses will operate as normal so please continue to shop local and support Plenty Road traders.
Managing noise and vibration
Heavy machinery such as excavators, trucks and rock breakers will generate varying levels of vibration.
Prior to works commencing, qualified acoustic consultants have undertaken extensive assessments of the predicted noise and vibration impacts to nearby homes and businesses. This allows us to determine appropriate mitigation strategies to minimise any impacts.
During construction we’ll continue monitoring noise and vibration. This will help us take action if noise and vibration as a result of construction exceeds acceptable levels.
Managing dust and dirt
We use a range of measures to minimise dust and to keep the air clean during construction.
- planning earthworks on less windy days
- staging work to minimise the areas exposed to winds
- watering the site, especially on hot and windy days
- keeping stockpiles low to reduce wind erosion
- covering long term stockpiles
- reducing the speed of construction vehicles
- monitoring air quality to ensure all construction activities comply with Victorian guidelines
- installing of rumple grids at entry and exit points to minimise mud being tracked onto the road
- daily visual monitoring of dust levels.
Dust monitoring will be carried out daily by our environmental management team to keep an eye on dust levels close to the Stage 2 project area.
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