We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road between Diamond Creek Road and Kurrak Road to make journeys in Melbourne's north quicker, easier and safer.

Dangerous road bends removed

To remove the dangerous road bends at Sutherland Road and Memorial Drive, we built a new straightened section of road between Mackelroy Road and River Avenue. We switched traffic onto the new Yan Yean Road alignment on 6 March.

We’ve built a temporary intersection at Yan Yean Road just south of Memorial Drive. You’ll be able to access the Plenty Historical Precinct, Plenty CFA and Plenty General Store & Take Away via this temporary intersection.

If you catch the bus along Yan Yean Road, there are temporary bus stops either side of the temporary intersection on Yan Yean Road.

Now that traffic has switched onto the new road alignment, Plenty General Store & Takeaway will be permanently located on Old Yan Yean Road. This will be clearly signposted. The Memorial Drive intersection will be upgraded with traffic lights over the coming months.

Temporary Heard Avenue Road closure

On 18 March 2019, we'll close Heard Avenue to work on a section of Old Yan Yean Road between Yan Yean Road and Sutherland Road. We'll reopen the road by 7 April 2019. Pedestrian access will be maintained on Heard Avenue and Yan Yean Road. Pedestrian detours will be clearly signposted around the work area. To access Heard Avenue from Yan Yean Road, traffic detours will be in place via Faneco Road. Access will be maintained for residents on Heard Avenue.

Intersection upgrades

We've started work to upgrade 5 more intersections along Yan Yean Road, following the successful completion of major improvement work at the intersection of Yan Yean, Diamond Creek and Aqueduct Roads.

We'll add traffic lights to the 5 intersections between Diamond Creek and Kurrak Roads to improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians travelling through Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

The first of the 5 signalised intersection upgrades is River Avenue - followed by Browns Lane, Memorial Drive, Kurrak Road and the Nillumbik Shire Council Recycling Centre.

River Avenue was closed at Yan Yean Road on Sunday 10 February at 8pm. It will reopen on Monday 18 March 2019. We’re aiming to have the traffic lights operating by mid-year.

During the River Avenue closure, we’ll:

  • install underground infrastructure for the new traffic signals and street lights
  • widen the Yan Yean Road northbound lane and River Avenue intersection
  • install drainage, kerb, medians, street lighting
  • modify the existing road levels
  • build a new section of shared walking and cycling path.

Local detours will be in place for pedestrians, cyclists and road users:

  • To access River Avenue from Yan Yean Road, detours will be in place via Browns Lane, Plenty Views Boulevard, Blackwood Grove to River Avenue and via Memorial Drive, Dry Creek Drive to River Avenue.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained on the east side of Yan Yean Road.
  • We'll install 2 temporary pedestrian crossings near River Avenue to help you cross the road safely.
  • Pedestrian detours and crossing points will be clearly signposted.

River Avenue detour map

River Avenue detour map

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Traffic switches

We've completed new sections of road and they're nearly ready for you to drive on. While we prepare to switch traffic onto the new sections of road, we'll need to work at night and over the weekend. At times, sections of Yan Yean Road will be reduced to a single lane. Traffic controllers will be in place to manage traffic flow. Expect delays, allow extra travel time for your journey.

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