Detours will be in place from tomorrow (3 January) as a ’round-the-clock’ construction blitz gets underway to upgrade the intersection of Yan Yean, Aqueduct and Diamond Creek Roads in Plenty.
The works are part of a state-wide summer road and rail construction blitz during a time when the roads are quiet.
Drivers are encouraged to make a Plan B for their travel during the construction work and allow an extra 15 minutes travel time.
Contractor BMD Group aims to complete the three-month project in three weeks. The proposed completion date (Stage 1) is 24 January.
To complete these works quickly and safely Yan Yean, Aqueduct and Diamond Creek Roads intersection will be closed. A detour will be in place. The detour is suitable for heavy vehicles.
Access to and from Yan Yean and Aqueduct Roads from Diamond Creek Road will be closed during this time.
One lane in each direction on Diamond Creek Road will be maintained.
The upgrade will increase capacity and improve safety and traffic flow on Yan Yean Road, from Diamond Creek Road to Kurrak Road.
Construction started in December 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
The Victorian Government is investing $131.2 million to fund Stage 1 of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade as part of the ‘Big Build’ program.
Stage 1 of the upgrade includes:
- removing dangerous road bends, including the bends at Howell Road and Sutherland Road;
- widening the road from one to two lanes in each direction between Diamond Creek Road and Kurrak Road;
- upgrading the intersections at Diamond Creek Road, River Avenue, Memorial Drive, Browns Lane, Kurrak Road and the Nillumbik Shire Council Recycling and Recovery Centre with optimised traffic lights and signalised pedestrian crossings;
- adding a centre safety barrier to help prevent head-on crashes;
- adding service lanes to provide safe access to residential properties.
- building a new shared walking and cycling path along the full length of Yan Yean Road, on the west side
- building new footpaths along sections on the east side of the road.
VicRoads will monitor conditions using real-time detectors and traffic cameras along the detour. Traffic signals will be adjusted to minimise delays.