Chandler Highway upgrade

The Victorian Government has committed funding of $110 million to widen Chandler Highway to six lanes and build a new bridge to the west of the existing bridge.

About the project

The Chandler Highway upgrade will increase capacity and connect Melbourne’s inner east and south to the northern growth areas.

The Chandler Highway upgrade includes:

  • widening the Chandler Highway to six lanes
  • building  a new bridge to the west of the existing Chandler Highway bridge
  • upgrading the intersection at Heidelberg Road
  • installing new traffic lights at the Yarra Boulevard intersection
  • improving cycling and pedestrian paths for a more direct and safer route to nearby trails.

Once complete, the upgrade will improve traffic flow and create a more reliable and safer journey for the community.

Computer render of the new Chandler highway bridge

Traffic disruptions from 2017 to early 2018

As we begin major construction, you’ll notice changed traffic conditions in the local area. We’re carefully planning traffic management to maintain road workers safety, the local community and also ensure traffic keeps flowing as efficiently as possible on Chandler Highway. 

For drivers

Traffic will primarily remain on the existing roadway with minimal long term changes.  

For cyclists

There will be no permanent detours or changes on-road cycling lanes on Heidelberg Road or Chandler Highway.  The Anniversary Trail to the east of the Chandler Highway and south of the Yarra River will remain open, with one minor change to the route. This minor detour will be clearly signed on the Anniversary Trail and will have no impact on access.

There will be no permanent detours or changes on-road cycling lanes on Heidelberg Road or Chandler Highway.

The Anniversary Trail to the east of the Chandler Highway and south of the Yarra River will remain open, with one minor change to the route. This minor detour will be clearly signed on the Anniversary Trail and will have no impact on access.   

 

For pedestrians

The pedestrian stairs between Rex Avenue and the northern bank of the Yarra River will be closed during Stage 1 and will be reopened mid to late 2018. Access to the river will be via the existing stairs in Coate Park. These stairs are accessible from a path near the corner of Rex Avenue and Coate Avenue.

The pedestrian stairs between Rex Avenue and the northern bank of the Yarra River will be closed during Stage 1 and will be reopened mid to late 2018. Access to the river will be via the existing stairs in Coate Park. These stairs are accessible from a path near the corner of Rex Avenue and Coate Avenue. 

 

For more information about disruptions to cyclist and pedestrians, please visit Traffic Management.

Stay up to date

We’re committed to keeping the community informed with advance notice of any works that are likely to cause disruption or inconvenience.

Please visit the following project pages for the most up to date information on construction impacts 

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Project timeline details

Date Stage  Details
Mid 2017 – Mid 2018
Construction begins (stage 1 & 2)
  • Building new Chandler Highway Bridge
  • Upgrade intersection of Heidelberg Road and Chandler Highway
  • Noise walls installed  
  • Upgrading existing Chandler Highway 
Dec-Feb 2018
Bridge beams installed  (stage 1 &2)
  • New bridge beams installed progressively over a three week period
  • The beams will be constructed off site and cranes will lift them into place
  • Night closures of existing bridge 
Mid 2018 
New bridge complete (stage 3)
  • Traffic switches onto new bridge 
  • Upgrade Yarra Boulevard 
  • Landscaping 
Mid 2018 –Late 2018
Heritage bridge refurbished (stage 4)
  • Conversion of existing heritage bridge to shared walkway
  • Landscaping public open space underneath existing bridge
Project timeline
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
)
Mid 2017 Construction commences Current
Dec - Feb 2018 Bridge beams installed Upcoming
Mid 2018 New bridge complete Upcoming
July - Nov 2018 Heritage bridge refurbished Upcoming
Late 2018 Project complete Upcoming

Community involvement 

We've been working closely with you throughout each stage of the project to minimise impacts and to get your feedback on the things that matter most to you. 

We've hosted a number of information sessions and held online discussions on a range of topics such as open spaces and public and active transport.

You can view the community discussion and consultation reports on engageVicRoads (External link).

Contact us

Email : [email protected]
Call  : 1800 996 283 
Monday to Friday, between 9am to 5pm

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