High Street Kew track maintenance and road closure

From 17 September to 2 October 2021, sections of High Street in Kew will be closed to through and local traffic for essential tram track maintenance and renewal works. 

All government construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne and relevant Local Government Areas (LGAs) will be closed, with no new work to be completed, other than immediate work required to make the site safe and secure. This measure has been taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 among construction workers following multiple outbreaks linked to construction sites.

Critical elements of the track renewal works on High Street between Harp Road and Burke Road, Kew East will be completed over the coming days so we can reopen the road safely and get trams running again.

Workers will be on site until the morning of Friday 24 September 2021 to finish resurfacing the road and remove site fencing. These essential works will allow the road to reopen safely by the morning of Friday 24 September 2021. A small number of Yarra Trams workers will continue to be on site in the coming week to perform critical tasks to enable trams to run.

To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, work undertaken during these restrictions will operate under a COVIDSafe plan and strict compliance with the Chief Health Officer Directions will be required at all times.

We are working closely with Yarra Trams to get tram services on Routes 48 and 109 running on High Street, Kew as soon as possible. Route 109 will resume services from Monday 27 September 2021 and Route 48, from Saturday 2 October 2021. Buses will continue to replace trams on sections of Routes 48 and 109 until these dates. Stay up to date at ptv.vic.gov.au.

Minor finishing works, such as line markings, will be required to complete the tram track renewals on High Street, Kew. We’ll update you once construction works are able to commence again.

Vehicle access and parking

Current detours and active traffic management will continue to be in place for the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians until the resurfacing works are complete.

High Street between Harp Road and Burke Road, Kew East will be open to traffic on the morning of Friday 24 September 2021.

Parking and local access will be reinstated from this time. 

Local businesses

The businesses located around the works area will remain open during these critical works. Please continue to support your local businesses.

Pedestrian access to these businesses will remain open at all times.

When will the works continue?

This work is on hold during the construction shutdown in metropolitan Melbourne, and Geelong and Surf Coast, Ballarat and Mitchell Shires.

Minor finishing works, such as line markings, will be required to complete the tram track renewals. We’ll update you once work is ready to commence again.

What measures will you put in place ahead of the site reopening?

Prior to reopening, all construction sites will be required to demonstrate compliance with Chief Health Officer directions, including the requirement for workers to show evidence to their employer that they have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. COVIDSafe plans will also be required to minimise interaction in areas including tea rooms.

More information

For more information regarding these works, please visit yarratrams.com.au or call 1800 800 007. 

For information about public transport changes during these works, visit the PTV website.


Major works map High Street Kew

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Works information Bulletin

High Street Kew Update 2, September 2021 [PDF 1.3 Mb]

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