We’re upgrading Plenty Road between McKimmies Road and Bridge Inn Road to help you get home safer and sooner.

Upcoming disruptions

We’ll be doing major works at the McDonalds/Gorge Road intersection to build the new median this January. We’ll work day and night from Monday to Sunday to complete three months’ work in three weeks.

What we’ll do

From Monday 6 January until Friday 24 January 2020, we’ll need to make major access changes at the McDonalds/Gorge Road intersection:

  • Right turns in and out McDonalds Road and Gorge Road will be banned but left turns will remain
  • East-west access at McDonalds and Gorge Road, crossing Plenty Road, will be closed
  • Two lanes of through traffic will be maintained in each direction on Plenty Road.

McDonalds Rd detour map

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What this means for you

Changes to speed limits and detours will be in place via U-turns on Plenty Road. Make sure you follow signage and traffic controllers’ instructions.

Electronic signage will be in place ahead of traffic changes to let you know what’s coming up.

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Managing traffic impacts

We're committed to keeping you moving during construction.

Traffic changes

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.

Night works

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.

These include:

  • 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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