Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
New Chandler Highway Bridge To Open On Monday
Victor P Taffa
Drivers are a step closer to a faster and less congested drive on the Chandler Highway, with the Andrews Government’s brand-new Chandler Highway Bridge set to open to traffic for the first time from Monday, 29 October 2018.
“From Monday morning local residents who’ve waited decades for this bottleneck to be fixed will be able to drive over the brand-new Chandler Highway Bridge.” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.
Locals got their first look at the new river crossing at a community barbeque held on the new bridge today.
“We know that the delays and closures during construction have been frustrating, so we’re taking this opportunity to thank locals for their patience.” Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos said.
New bridge will remove a notorious local bottleneck, replacing the 127-year-old, 2-lane heritage structure with a purpose built, 6-lane bridge, improving traffic flow between Alphington and the Eastern Freeway.
More than 2,000 workers have so far worked 282,500 hours on site to ensure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can travel over the new bridge as soon as possible.
Traffic will move onto 2 lanes of the bridge in time for the morning peak on Monday while work on the remaining 4 lanes continues.
Pedestrians and cyclists will also move onto the new bridge behind a temporary separated shared use path.
“We all know how frustrating it is to be stuck in traffic on the Chandler Highway with traffic to start flowing on the new bridge we’re another step closer to this notorious bottleneck being gone for good.” Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines said.
Opened in 1891 as part of the Outer Circle Railway Line, the old Chandler Highway Bridge is a major congestion hotspot, with more than 44,000 motorists using it every day.
Historic old bridge will be retained, serving as a pedestrian and cycling link between Alphington and Kew, as well as linking to upgraded walking and cycling paths along the Yarra River.
Chandler Highway Upgrade is being delivered by Major Road Projects Authority and construction will continue to open the remaining 4 lanes over the new bridge over the coming months.
Chandler Highway Bridge widening project to open on Monday, 29 October 2018.