WORKS to widen Craigieburn Road will be fast-tracked over coming weeks to provide a safer and faster commute as soon as possible, with crews to undertake 24-hour work to begin building new lanes in both directions.
Craigieburn Road will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Hanson and Bridgewater roads from June 23 to August 19.
Road detours will be in place using Hanson Road, Medway Road and Cimberwood Drive for motorists navigating the northern side of Craigieburn Road, while Hume Highway traffic travelling to Craigieburn Plaza can use the Grand Boulevard turnoff to avoid the closure.
Road users navigating the closure on the southern side of Craigieburn Road should use Hothlyn Drive and Bridgewater Road.
Major Road Projects program director Dipal Sorathia said the works would be disruptive but would be a drastic improvement once completed.
“We encourage motorists to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as we get on with building the new lanes that will keep Craigieburn Road moving well into the future,” he said.
“These works will be disruptive but are absolutely necessary to build the much-needed new lanes this key arterial needs, as safely and quickly as possible.”
Intersection at Craigieburn – Mickleham roads
The new and improved Craigieburn Road and Mickleham Road intersection has opened to traffic, easing congestion and improving traffic flow through Yuroke and western Craigieburn.
All sides of the intersection have been widened to accommodate dedicated right-hand turning lanes and left-hand turning slip lanes, as well as new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, traffic islands, pedestrian crossing lights and new line marking.
“We thank the community for their patience while we carried out these essential works to reduce congestion and improve peoples’ travel times through our suburbs,” Mr Sorathia said.
“Around 20,000 motorists use this intersection every day and by widening each leg and creating additional lane capacity, we’re ensuring these growing parts of Melbourne’s north are prepared for future growth.”
Some minor works including the installation of line markings, footpaths, landscaping and street lighting will continue over coming weeks with speed and lane restrictions in place.
The Craigieburn Road Upgrade project is on track and scheduled for completion by 2025.
For more information about the Craigieburn Road Upgrade project, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.
For a full list of works and closures and to plan your journey, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au and ptv.vic.gov.au.