“Plan ahead” as bridgeworks return
by DAVID HOGG
7th February 2019
IN A MAJOR change of plan, VicRoads has announced with just four days’ advance notice that the resurfacing works on the bridge will commence next Monday, February 11 and are scheduled to take place for the full week in both daytime and night-time including the morning peak period.
Daytime works are scheduled to take place between 7am and 5pm from Monday, February 11 to Saturday, February 16.
Night-time works are scheduled to take place between 8pm and 5am from Tuesday, February 12 to Monday, February 18.
The suddenness of these works and the announcement of both day and night lane closures may come as a bit of a shock, when the Diary recently asked VicRoads about any further lane closures, Stephane Hinkeesing, Manager Structures Metro said:
“Over the coming weeks, we’ll be finalising our works including new asphalting on the bridge and permanent line marking.
“During these works, there may be some overnight temporary lane closures.”
The new update advises that during the above times there will be lane closures on the bridge; however traffic flow will be maintained with on-site traffic management, although it is unclear how many lanes will be open.
The latest email update also states:
“Works can only proceed under favourable weather conditions and can be impacted by rain, cold or excessive heat.
Contingency dates have been included in case of unfavourable weather.”
This would indicate — assuming all goes well — road users in Warrandyte may not need to suffer through a full week of lane closures.
But with peak time traffic still backing up, it is possible that any lane closures are going to have an adverse effect on already congested Warrandyte roads.
Take heed at VicRoads advice, plan ahead and assume the bridge is out of order for the second full week of February.