Full bridge closure this weekend: how to get around
by James Poyner
3rd May 2018
After numerous postponements, the full closure of the Warrandyte Bridge is set to happen this weekend.
The works between May 4 and May 7 will include:
- installing supports for the downstream bridge widening works
- further preparation works for bridge strengthening
- roadworks and clearing to prepare the road and surrounds for further works
Being the first weekend in May, it is also the Warrandyte Riverside Market.
To accommodate this, the following timetable for bridge closures has been put in place:
10pm, Friday May 4 — 5am, Saturday May 5
One lane of the bridge will be closed, with traffic management onsite, to help keep the traffic moving.
5am Saturday May 5 — 3pm Saturday May 5
The Warrandyte Bridge will be open as usual, this should reduce the impact of bridgeworks to stall holders and visitors of the Warrandyte Riverside Market.
3pm Saturday May 5 — 5am Monday May 7
Full closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic.
Cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge, under the direction of traffic management.
Although the Total Fire Ban period has officially ended in both Manningham and Nillumbik, VicRoads stress that scheduled bridgeworks may be modified/postponed to ensure the public safety and the efficiency of the emergency services is not impacted by bridge widening.
With a number of local events taking place this weekend, including the Kellybrook Cider Festival and Nillumbik Artists Open Studios, additional journey planning may be required.
Both private and public transport will be affected by these works.
VicRoads have provided a map illustrating the traffic detours.
There will be four detours in place; (purple, green, yellow and orange).
All the detours start/finish on Main Street, Eltham, north of the river and cross the Fitzsimons Lane Bridge.
People travelling to Warrandyte are encouraged to follow the purple diversion which takes them down Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road.
For those travelling to Park Orchards and Warranwood and the South Warrandyte/Ringwood borders; the green diversion along Reynolds Road and Falconer Road is suggested.
For everyone else looking to travel between Eltham, Kangaroo Grounds and beyond, and Everywhere South and East of Ringwood, the yellow diversion (along EastLink) or the orange diversion (Box Hill and Whitehorse Road) is advised.
Full details of the diversion routes can be found under the diversion map.
Detour map (key)
- Purple route: Main Road, Porter Street, Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road
- Green route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Reynolds Road, Falconer Road
- Yellow route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Williamsons Road, Tram Road, Eastern Freeway, Eastlink (toll road), Whitehorse Road
- Orange route: Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Williamsons Road, Whitehorse Road OR Main Road, Fitzsimons Lane, Reynolds Road, Springvale Road, Whitehorse Road
During the bridge closure, PTV bus services 578 and 579 (Warrandyte Reserve to Eltham Station) WILL NOT CROSS the Warrandyte Bridge.
Passengers wishing to travel on the 578/579 can access the busses at the following bus stops north of the bridge:
578 – Research-Warrandyte Road/Bradleys Lane
579 – Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road/Research-Warrandyte Road
According to the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website, PTV do not anticipate any disruption to the 906 and 364 bus services.
The Warrandyte Diary will keep an eye on the forthcoming bridgeworks and communicate any changes via our website and on social media.