Early works were completed on the Sunbury Road Upgrade in April, paving the way for major works to kicked off this month.
Crews will start removing vegetation to create space for the new lanes, with expert advice from an arborist and on-the-ground support from an ecologist. We will explore reusing logs in nature reserves to contribute to the local habitat as well as collecting and harvesting seeds to aid in the future replanting of trees and shrubs.
We are working closely with Hume City Council to arrange donation of timber to a range of community groups.
During this final stage of early works, a speed reduction will be in place along Sunbury Road between Shepherds Lane and the Bulla-Diggers Rest roundabout. The installation of the temporary traffic barriers in this section will provide one traffic lane in each direction for motorists, while we construct the new lanes safely behind the barriers.
We’ll also be working on other section of Sunbury Road at times with lane closures and reduced speeds in place, generally between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid impacting peak traffic times.
Next, crews will then move onto protecting and relocating utility services.
The project is already emerging as a sustainability leader, with construction partner Winslow establishing a new site compound on Shepherds Lane which is being fully powered by a solar hybrid generator system. The compound is recycling rainwater collected on site and uses LED lights and lighting sensors.
As part of the Sunbury Road Upgrade, we’ll add extra lanes in each direction between Powlett Street and Bulla-Diggers Rest Road, upgrade the existing bridge and build a new bridge over Jacksons Creek, add safety barriers and shared use paths. The vital project will improve traffic flow and access to Sunbury town centre, reduce congestion on Sunbury Road, and make it safer for the more than 25,000 motorists who use the road every day.
The Sunbury Road Upgrade is expected to be complete by 2025.