We are removing the congested level crossing and complex five-way roundabout at Fyans Street in South Geelong to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as enhance the area for residents and businesses.
New rail bridge benefits
The Fyans Street level crossings will be removed and replaced by a new rail bridge, simplifying traffic movement through the intersection.
Fyans Street will be extended through to Breakwater Road, improving traffic flow for the more than 17,000 vehicles that use the intersection each day.
The level crossing and roundabout removal will allow for improvements along Carr Street with a new landscaped shared user path connecting to the Bellarine Rail Trail as well as new public open space under and adjacent to the new bridge.
Key benefits of the new design include:
- roundabout and level crossing completely removed, improving safety and traffic flow
- more green open space, landscaping and recreational areas
- separates the Carr Street residential area from the industrial area to the south
- bridge embankment reduced by approximately 300m, reducing visual impacts to residents.
Traffic changes for Fyans Street
Fyans Street will become a continuous stretch of road through to the Breakwater Road roundabout, reducing the idling of traffic and heavy vehicles in this section.
Traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Fyans and Wood streets to improve safety for vehicles travelling to and from the industrial area, allowing vehicles to safely turn right into Fyans Street.
Vehicle movements will be altered to improve traffic flow with the separation of local residential drivers from industrial vehicles accessing the South Geelong precinct.
Changes to vehicle movements include:
- no left hand turn into Carr Street from Fyans Street
- no right hand turn into Fyans Street from Carr Street
- access from Fyans Street to Carr Street will be via Breakwater Road and Martin Street or via Swanston Street to the west.
The refined road layout design is being finalised in consultation with Department of Transport and City of Greater Geelong and we will continue to update the community as the design is finalised.
Why is an elevated rail bridge the best solution?
An elevated rail bridge has been identified as the best solution at both locations to reduce disruption to road and rail users during construction, minimise flooding risks and impacts to existing infrastructure, and create opportunities for landscaping and green open space.
Both level crossing sites are complex with many environmental, community and technical considerations to be understood and balanced.
Several designs were assessed during the planning phase, with technical studies, site constraints, construction impacts, community impacts and urban design opportunities all considered in determining the most feasible design solution.