We’re upgrading Dohertys Road in Laverton North to improve access to key freight routes and industrial areas.


We've upgraded the intersection of Dohertys and Fitzgerald roads with new traffic lights and one extra lane in each direction. By mid 2020, the relocation of services will be complete, and the remaining left slip lanes will be opened at this intersection.

We've installed the truss structure of the Federation Trail pedestrian overpass over Dohertys Road in February.

The completion of the bridge is expected by mid 2020.

Current works

Hume Road at Dohertys Road

We’re upgrading the intersection at Dohertys and Hume Roads to traffic lights to help traffic flow better. Traffic lights will be operational in late April.

Between Gordon Luck Avenue and Grieve Parade

We've opened the new eastbound lanes and temporary closed the central lanes to work on the road median. The completion of the lane duplication is expected by mid 2020.

Dohertys Road (Foundation Road to Palmers Road), Truganina

We’ve nearly completed the new traffic lanes on Dohertys Road, between Foundation Road and Palmers Road.

New traffic lights at the entrance to Port Philip Prison will be turned on at the end of March.

Why Dohertys Road?

We’re building a network of improved roads that will improve the flow of traffic in the west. We understand that the current level of disruption in the western suburbs may be challenging and appreciate your patience while we do this critical work. The Western Roads Upgrade is due to be completed by early 2021.

More than 20,000 cars and trucks rely on Dohertys Road every day. Dohertys Road is a key route within the Western Industrial Precinct, connecting this rapidly growing freight hub to the M80 Freeway Corridor, Princes Freeway, and the Port of Melbourne. The upgrade will help increase the productivity to boost Victoria’s economy. We will increase road safety and keeping cyclists away from cars and heavy vehicles.

Project details

On Dohertys Road, between Fitzgerald Road and Grieve Parade we’re:

  • adding an extra lane in each direction
  • increasing road capacity and improving traffic flow by building a second bridge over the Princes Freeway
  • upgrading five intersections including  – adding new traffic lights at Fitzgerald Road and Hume Road – building roundabouts at Gordon Luck Avenue, Cherry Lane and Cyanamid Street
  • building an overpass for the Federation Trail.

On Dohertys Road, between Foundation Road and Palmers Road we’re:

  • adding an extra lane in each direction
  • building new traffic lights
  • creating new walking and cycling paths.


Transforming this key industrial and freight route has many benefits, including:

  • helping freight get to where they need to be safer and sooner
  • improving journey times for all road users with extra lanes
  • keeping cyclists safely away from cars and heavy vehicles
  • boosting road connectivity to some of Melbourne’s biggest growth areas
  • providing a more reliable east-west connection to the freeway network.

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