Flemington Road interchange upgrade
We are upgrading this busy and complex interchange to improve safety and congestion by building new lanes, upgrading traffic signaling and separating traffic to reduce merging and weaving.
Changes in late February 2017
Works at the interchange are reaching a significant milestone in late February, with the opening of new lanes and changes that will start to transform how drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians move through Flemington Road interchange.
In late February, the following changes will take place:
- Two extra lanes will open on the Flemington Road exit ramp, increasing the number of lanes from three to five to reduce queueing back onto the freeway.
- A new two-lane bridge connecting Mount Alexander Road to Flemington Road will be opened to inbound traffic. Drivers heading towards Elliott Avenue or the CBD will be moved onto the new bridge, while the existing Mount Alexander Road inbound lanes will be temporarily closed for ongoing works.
- New traffic signals will control traffic flow through the interchange and improve safety.
- Permanent access restrictions will be in place from Lennon Street to Boundary Road to create a safe intersection. Drivers will be able to turn left from Lennon Street onto Flemington Road, but they will need to use alternate routes to access Boundary Road.
These changes mark the completion of the first stage of upgrades to the interchange. The next stage is expected to be completed in late April 2017 when the final layout of the interchange will be in place.
Changes expected in April 2017
In April, the following changes will be made further improving the experience for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians moving through Flemington Road interchange:
- A new dedicated on-road bike lane connecting cyclists on Mount Alexander Road to Flemington Road will open. Until then, cyclists will temporarily need to use a section of footpath between the end of the new Mount Alexander Road bridge and Church Street until the entire on-road bike path is completed.
- A wider and longer Mount Alexander Road entry ramp to the freeway will open, increasing capacity and reduce queueing.
Why are improvements needed?
This critical section of the road network is no longer able to cope with the high volumes of traffic that pass through it each day.
Merging and weaving
With so many drivers needing to merge within a very short distance on Flemington Road, safety and congestion problems are common. It can be difficult for drivers to change lanes in this section which is essential to get to certain destinations.
There have been 12 crashes in this section of the road network in the last six years, and in 2015 alone, three people were seriously injured.
This intersection upgrade will separate and control traffic movements to reduce the merging and weaving that causes safety and congestion problems.
During peak travel times, traffic on the CityLink Flemington Road exit ramp queues back onto the freeway almost every morning. Fast-moving traffic passing by slow or station can be a safety concern. This congestion also has a flow-on effect, causing delays right back along the freeway.
Temporary bike and footpath diversions
There will be changed conditions or detours on local bike paths and footpaths, including the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.
These are listed on our dedicated page for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Flemington Road / Mount Alexander Road interchange upgrade fact sheet PDF, 821.1 KB.
- Construction update, February 2017 PDF, 750.4 KB
If you have any questions about what's happening at Mount Alexander Road and Flemington Road, contact us on 1300 783 947 (select option 1) or firstname.lastname@example.org.