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Craigieburn Road closure during construction blitz

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Craigieburn Road will remain closed between the Hume Highway and Hanson Road until February 28 as part of a seven-week construction blitz to build a new freeway interchange.

The works are part of a Craigieburn Road upgrade project aiming to improve connections between Craigieburn Road, the highway, Hardy Avenue and Walters Street.

Major Road Projects Victoria program director Dipal Sorathia said the upgrades would be followed by the opening of the Mickleham Road intersection at the western end of Craigieburn Road in March.

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Mr Sorathia said drivers could expect delays of up to 20 minutes while works were underway.

“We encourage the community to plan ahead during these disruptions and thank them for their patience as we deliver the Craigieburn Road our fast-growing suburbs need,” he said.

Works between the Hume Highway and Hanson Road began on January 10 and will take place in front of Craigieburn Plaza, which will remain accessible via both Hanson Road and Hamilton Street.

Drivers will be able to access the Hume Highway by using local roads, as well as Grand Boulevard to the north and Somerton Road to the south.

The seven-week construction blitz will see crews working 24 hours a day to add extra lanes to the intersection, which accommodates more than 28,000 vehicles a day.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allen described the works as the ‘biggest road transport infrastructure project in Melbourne’s outer north’ and said it would improve road safety and reliability while supporting hundreds of jobs.

“We’re taking advantage of lighter holiday traffic to get on with significant work – providing a better road network and making it easier for people to travel around Craigieburn,” she said.

Works are also ongoing at Bridgewater Road, which will be closed between Craigieburn Road and Clovelly Drive until January 25.

Construction crews are also adding new lanes along Aitken Boulevard, which will be closed until February 28.

The Craigieburn Road upgrade is scheduled to be fully completed by 2025.

For more information about the planned disruptions, people can visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au/disruptions.

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