MAJOR work is now underway on the new Chandler Highway bridge as part of the wider upgrade of Chandler Highway that aims to increase capacity and connect Melbourne's inner east and south to the northern growth areas.
In addition to the new Chandler Highway bridge over the Yarra River at Alphington, the $110 million project will also widen Chandler Highway to six lanes, upgrade the intersection at Heidelberg Road, install new traffic lights at the Yarra Boulevard intersection and improve cycling and pedestrian paths.
The new bridge will be progressively lifted into place next to the existing bridge to minimise impacts to traffic, and the existing 126-year-old bridge will be preserved and converted into a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
There will be changed traffic conditions during each stage of construction, along with short-term bridge and lane closures. Traffic will be continually monitored and managed to minimise disruption, but drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes or use public transport.
Traffic will switch to the new bridge mid-2018, with the final stage of the project complete by late 2018. When complete, the project is expected to reduce travel times by 8 minutes during the AM peak and 13 minutes during the PM peak for the more than 44,000 motorists that use it each day.
Construction is also underway on the removal of the level crossing on Grange Road near the Chandler Highway, which will be removed by 2019.