There will be major traffic impacts in the New Year when the notorious Fitzsimons Lane roundabout in Eltham is replaced with a new intersection.
Major sections of Main Road—a major artery across the north-east—will be mostly severed between January 4 2022 until February 13 2022.
Traffic will be detoured via Bolton Street.
Main Road is an important bike connection and is especially convenient for weekend road riders on local loops.
The route is being shut down as Major Road Projects Victoria aims to replace the busy intersection by working intensely 24/7 for six weeks to complete a project that would have otherwise been disruptive for six months.
MRPV is hoping that diminished traffic during the school holiday period will help avoid the worst of the resultant congestion.
Even so it is warning of "lengthy disruptions, detours, and lane closures, and significant delays when travelling through the area.”
In stage 1 from January 4 2022 when there will be significant delays through the area, MRPV recommends seeking alternative routes, avoiding the intersection during peak hour and allowing an extra 30 minutes travel time.
For those heading south towards the city via Fitzsimons Lane from Eltham, one lane will remain open through the Main Road intersection
If you are coming from the city heading north towards Eltham, or travelling between Lower Plenty and Eltham, a temporary detour via Bolton Street and Bridge Street will be in place.
In stage 2 from January 26 after the long weekend, the intersection will be reopened to allow traffic movement heading towards Eltham from the city via Fitzsimons Lane. Travel delays of up to 15 minutes are expected during this time.
There will still be detours in place via Bolton Street for those travelling between Lower Plenty and Eltham.
Throughout this period Souter Street and Jayson Avenue will be closed. While the road is closed, Souter Street will have a temporary detour via Falkiner Street and Jayson Avenue will be detoured via Homestead Road to Fitzsimons Lane.
Speeds will be reduced to 40km/h and traffic management will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Traffic lights will be operating at the Main Road Fitzsimons Lane intersection from 13 February.
Works will include:
- installation of new drainage and new pavement
- placement of new kerb underground services
- foundation installation for the new traffic signals and lighting
- installation of traffic signals and lighting
- completion of new sections of footpaths and driveways for the new intersection
- new bike lane configuration that accounts for the needs of everyday riders and road riding groups
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