Drivers advised to use detours as major works take shape in West Melbourne
The Department of Transport says it continues to monitor traffic flows along Macaulay Rd in Kensington while detours remain in place to accommodate several projects in West Melbourne.
It comes as concerns were raised that a rising number of trucks had been frequenting the busy road.
As part of the West Gate Tunnel project, traffic has been advised to detour using Footscray Rd via Dudley St as works get underway for a new walking and cycling path alongside Dynon Rd.
Construction has resulted in a “number of unavoidable closures” along Dynon Rd westbound while crews remove the concrete median, with the department saying some trucks may need to use Macaulay Rd because of the low bridge on Dudley St.
The Dynon Rd rail bridge across Moonee Ponds Creek is also being upgraded with works expected to be completed in late March.
Traffic has been advised to avoid Dynon Rd and take alternative route detours along Footscray Rd, Racecourse Rd, Macaulay Rd, and Kensington Rd, however, trucks and over-height vehicles cannot use Racecourse Rd due to the low bridge clearance.
“All detour routes are temporary and designed to create minimal disruption to motorists, local businesses, residents, and crews on site,” the department said.
“They are decided in consultation with many key stakeholders, including major project authorities, the Department of Transport, and the local council.”
“We regularly monitor traffic flow along approved detour routes. These routes are decided based on various factors, including the road environment, infrastructure, and pedestrian access.”
“Of drivers using Macaulay Rd each day, just seven per cent are trucks or heavy vehicles.”
According to data from the department, there have been 19 collisions on Macaulay Rd between Epsom Rd and Macaulay Station over the five years to June 30, 2021, with seven resulting in serious injury, however, none had involved trucks.
A Department of Transport spokesperson thanked the community for its patience while the works were underway.
“We’re building the road infrastructure Victorians need to get around today and for the future, with direct benefits for people living in West Melbourne, including improving vital connections into the CBD,” the spokesperson said •