Dynon Road cyclist improvement project

We’re improving safety for cyclists on Dynon Road in Footscray, as part of Towards Zero. The Victorian Government is investing $1.4 billion to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria's roads.

$100 million from this investment has been allocated to making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project update 

Works are underway to construct the bike path and footpath and adding new signs and line markings. 

The next steps for the project include power pole removal, concrete footpath works and asphalt works. 

Power pole removal works will take place Friday 04 October between 10.30am and 4.30pm with a single lane closed on Dynon Road during this time. 

Concrete footpath works will begin after power pole removal works have been completed. From 7.00pm, Friday 4 October to midday Sunday 6 October, a single lane on Dynon Road and the footpath will be closed to complete footpath works. 

Asphalt works will start Wednesday 16 October and continue until early November. 

All asphalt works will be completed at night under full road closure. During this time, traffic will be diverted down Footscray Road.

The entire project is expected to be complete in mid-November 2019. For details of the traffic impacts during construction, please see below. 

What are the traffic impacts?

Works are being completed outside of peak times to minimise the traffic impacts.  

Day works (Monday to Friday):  10.30am to 4.30pm on the eastbound side and 9.30am to 3.30pm on the westbound side.

Night works (nightly, excluding Saturdays): 8pm to 5am.

While we improve Dynon Road for cyclists, you will see:

  • one lane closed on Dynon Road travelling inbound, to construct the new bike paths
  • limited access for cyclists and pedestrians to the existing roads and paths in the area
  • some noise and dust from drilling 
  • a reduced 40km/h speed limit during works
  • delays in travel time.

Access to homes and businesses in the area won’t be affected during these works, but we’ll have traffic controllers on site to assist if properties are restricted for any reason.

There’ll be delays of up to 10 minutes on Dynon Road while we complete these works. Please plan your journey and look out for any signs, or changes to traffic conditions when travelling through the area. 

Thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety upgrades. 

About the project

Cycling corridors provide safer, more direct journeys into the city and across Victoria for cyclists. It also helps to encourage more people to ride recreationally or for their regular commute.

The improvements we’re making along Dynon Road include:

  • building a new dedicated two-way bike lane along the inbound side of Dynon Road, between Maribyrnong Street and Kensington Road 
  • constructing a new shared path along the inbound side of Dynon Road, between Kensington Road and Dock Link Road – connecting to the existing shared path to North Melbourne
  • installing new pedestrian operated signals at the Maribyrnong Street intersection
  • installing raised crossing points at intersections with local roads, making it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to travel along Dynon Road
  • implementing other safety treatments such as new line marking and signs
  • building extended kerb sides at intersections along the corridor, to slow traffic and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Project timings

Construction commenced in early 2019. The new bike paths are expected to be open for use by November 2019, weather permitting. 

Why are we doing this?

Cycling is growing in popularity, and is a healthy and sustainable mode of transport that reduces traffic congestion and the need for on-road parking space.

Creating dedicated paths for cyclists is important, because they are some of our most vulnerable road users. If a cyclist is involved in a crash with a vehicle, they’re at a higher risk of being severely injured or killed due to a lack of physical protection. When completed, the Dynon Road cyclist improvements will mean safer journeys for cyclists and pedestrians travelling from Footscray to the CBD. 

According to the Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28, four in 10 Victorians say they would be encouraged to cycle, or cycle more often if we had a better-connected network and more inclusive cycling culture.

Separate, dedicated bike lanes and shared user paths will also help free up the road network for vehicles travelling through this area. While these works will reduce Dynon Road to one lane travelling inbound, both lanes will be fully restored once construction is complete.

Project background

Dynon Road is one of the major roads connecting the western suburbs to the CBD. Located in Footscray, it’s a busy route for city commuters, cyclists and freight vehicles.

This section of Dynon Road is two lanes each way, with cyclists often sharing the road with other vehicles. The lanes on this stretch of road are quite wide, however sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles is still unsafe for cyclists and can add to congestion on this busy road.

There are already shared use paths on either side of the project area, making this section of Dynon Road a missing link for cyclists and pedestrians. These works will better connect cyclists and pedestrians to where they need to be, and free up the network for road users.  

Image of map showing Dynon Road Cycling Corridor between Highett Street and Maribyrnong Road

View a larger version of the Dynon Road Cycling Corridor map

Get in touch

To find out more this project, get in touch. 

Email:  [email protected]

For more information on how we’re working Towards Zero, you can visit the Safer Roads portal.

 

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