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 - July 2018

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

Traffic Switch

This month, works will move to the centre of the bridge, and we will redirect northbound traffic to the new downstream lane. Southbound traffic will continue using the same lane.

We’ll have an overnight lane closure with contraflow and traffic management arrangements to complete this switch. One lane will be closed overnight between 10pm Wednesday 11 July to 5am, Thursday 12 July to facilitate this transition.

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 will in turn 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. 

Warrandyte bridge upgrade - Information Update - July 2016 [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


Information updates

July 2018 [PDF 276 Kb]

June 2018 [PDF 277 Kb] 

April/May 2018 [PDF 334 Kb]

March 2018 [PDF 135 Kb]

February 2018 [PDF 92 Kb] 

January 2018 [PDF 115 Kb]

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