Warrandyte Bridge upgrade

We’re adding an extra lane to Warrandyte Bridge to ease traffic flow and make it safer for the community.

Project update - March 2018

Works commenced in mid-January and are expected to be completed in September 2018.

Warrandyte Closure Postponed

The planned closure of the Warrandyte Bridge this weekend has been postponed.

The works and closure of Warrandyte Bridge to install beams will not go ahead as originally planned from 10pm Friday 23rd March – 5am Monday 26th March. We will advise of the rescheduled date for the closure asap.

VEC Civil Engineering, the contractor, has requested more time to prepare to install the beams which VicRoads has granted.

Project background

During an emergency evacuation, approximately 2500 vehicles per hour would attempt to cross the bridge southbound from North Warrandyte compared to the 1100 vehicles per hour during a typical morning peak.

By adding an extra lane to the bridge, we can reduce the evacuation times by up to half and ease daily traffic flow through the area.

About the project

The Victorian Government has put forward $5.1 million of funding for an upgrade of Warrandyte Bridge. The upgrade will allow the bridge to carry more traffic (particularly during an emergency event like a bushfire) over the Yarra River, between Warrandyte and North Warrandyte.
The project includes widening the Warrandyte Bridge to add a new lane for traffic travelling southbound from North Warrandyte to Warrandyte across the Yarra River.
Other improvements we’re making include:
  • creating a new left turn lane onto the bridge from Yarra Street
  • new footpaths, including a new shared user path on the west side of the bridge 
  • installing traffic lights at the intersection of Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road and Research-Warrandyte Road.  

The upgrades will allow the bridge to carry more traffic, which in turn will make it safer and easier for residents to evacuate the area during an emergency.  

VicRoads understands that there may be concerns with these works starting in the bushfire season. We are committed to everyone’s safety and will be extra vigilant during this time, with an emergency management plan in place. We will also be working daily with the CFA and local Councils to monitor fire warnings and ensure emergency response and evacuation procedures are not compromised in the event of a bushfire. 

View Warrandyte bridge upgrade - Information Update [PDF 2.7MB]

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Contact us

If you have any questions, please get in touch via email [email protected]

Key dates
Dates Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming

July - November 2016

Design, services and pre-construction activities

December 2016

Advertise works

Early-mid 2017

Contract awarded

Early 2018

Construction begins

Late 2018

Construction ends


Previous Information updates

January 2018 Information Update [PDF 115 Kb]

February 2018 Information Update [PDF 92 Kb] 

March 2018 Information Update [PDF 135 Kb]


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