O'Herns Road, Epping upgrade

We’re upgrading the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection, as well as building a new interchange from O’Herns Road onto the Hume Freeway to improve traffic flow, safety and access. This upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments.


O'Herns Road Smoking Ceremony: VicRoads working alongside Wurundjeri elders to respectfully remove native tree.

Project update - April 2018

Works are progressing on the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection.  

We’re currently working through complex service and utilities relocation before we replace the roundabout at the O’Herns Road and High Street roundabout with traffic lights. 

We’ll be working on: 

  • Weekdays from 7am–6pm 
  • Weekends from 7am–5pm 

Once we’ve completed these works we’ll begin work on widening O’Herns Road and building a new interchange onto the Hume Freeway for better access. 

What to expect during construction

We’re doing our best to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and visitors.

Access is maintained at all times local residents, businesses and the Epping CFA.

The speed limit may be set to 40km/h at times near the O’Herns Road and High Street intersection.

Traffic lane closures and delays can be expected throughout construction and temporary detours for pedestrians and cyclists may also be in place.

If you’re travelling through the area, plan ahead, allow extra travel time and consider alternative routes. 

We’ll keep you updated on this through our website. For the latest on the O’Herns Road upgrade make sure you subscribe to our email updates (External link)

Project background

Melbourne’s north is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia. 

Commuters in Epping face daily congestion, this is why the Victorian and Australian Government are investing $81 million to help ease congestion and make your journeys through this rapid growth area safer, more reliable, and provide easier to access the Hume Freeway. 

Image of O'Herns road Epping upgrade map 

View a larger version of the O'Herns Road upgrade map 

About the project 

O’Herns Road and High Street intersection 

At this intersection we’re:

  • introducing traffic lights to improve safety and traffic flow
  • adding slip lanes, right turn lanes and a raised platform at the intersection to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes
  • building on-road bike lanes to connect to nearby shared walking and cycling paths.

O'Herns Road upgrade concept design - Epping Road, High Street and Findon Road intersection

View a larger version of the O'Herns Road, High Street, Epping Road and Findon Road intersection concept design

O’Herns Road Hume Freeway interchange

Once we’ve completed upgrading the High Street intersection, we’ll build an interchange.

This means O’Herns Road will no longer be a dead end running over the Hume Freeway. Traffic will be able to rely on this new interchange, freeing up the Cooper Street entrance and relieving Miller Street and High Street.

During this stage of the upgrade we’ll be:

  • building a full diamond interchange at O’Herns Road, providing direct access to the Hume Freeway
  • widening O’Herns Road bridge over the Hume Freeway to help improve traffic flow to the new interchange and match the four-lane section between Redding Rise and Epping Road
  • adding one lane in each direction on O’Herns Road between the Hume Freeway and Redding Rise
  • adding one new lane in each direction on the Hume Freeway between Cooper Street and O’Herns Road
  • creating new on and off ramps at the O’Herns Road interchange, giving you direct access to the Hume Freeway if you’re heading to and from the CBD and northern suburbs
  • connecting the shared walking and cycling paths on O’Herns Road from Redding Rise to the Hume Freeway and continuing on-road bike lanes on O’Herns Road.

O'Herns Road upgrade concept design, Hume Freeway to Redding Rise 

View a larger version of the Hume Freeway to Redding Rise concept design

Project Benefits

Here are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy once the upgrade is complete:

  • ability to safely pass through the High Street intersection during a green light, which will reduce queue lengths and ease congestion
  • easier access to the Hume Freeway if you live in Epping and Epping North
  • eased congestion on Cooper Street, Miller Street and High Street, improving your travel times
  • easier access to key areas such as the Cooper Street jobs hub, Epping Activity Centre and the Melbourne wholesale market
  • improved response time for emergency services vehicles
  • safer access and connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

Contact us

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Email: [email protected]
Call:    (03) 8572 7946

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