RACV welcomes move to fix one of Redspots repeat offenders

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV has welcomed the first step towards widening the Chandler Highway Bridge - one of Melbourne’s most notorious and repeat offender Redspot bottlenecks.

The state government has short listed four construction companies for the bridge upgrade, which will involve widening the highway to six lanes and constructing a new bridge over the Yarra River.

The intersection at Heidelberg Rd will be upgraded and safety will be boosted with traffic lights to be installed at Yarra Boulevard.

The Chandler Highway Bridge in Alphington/Kew, has in the past topped the RACV Redspot list of top 10 worst locations for congestion.

In this year’s Redspot survey, the Chandler Highway sat in third spot on the top ten list of worst congestion locations. (see attached)

RACV General Manager Public Policy, Brian Negus welcomed the first step in the upgrade project, saying it couldn’t have come soon enough.

“This is a nightmare location for drivers who have to use the bridge on any given day of the week.  The new six-lane bridge and related road works will vastly improve the flow of traffic and safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Mr Negus repeated his calls for ongoing long-term investment in roads and public transport to reduce the city’s choking congestion.

“The Redspot Survey highlighted that the priorities must be the Metropolitan Ring Road - North East Link, the rapid transit bus service to the north east, including the Doncaster area and East West Link.”

The State Government says the selected contractor will be named by the end of the year and estimates construction will commence in early 2017 and be completed in mid-2018.

Top 10 list of worst congestion locations

Top 10 list of worst congestion locations

2016 location

2016 suburb

2014 location

2014 suburb

1

Eastern Fwy / Alexandra Pde / Hoddle St

Clifton Hill / Collingwood

Chandler Hwy between Heidelberg Rd and Princess St

Alphington / Kew

2

Rosanna Rd / Jika St / Dora St / Banksia St / Lower Heidelberg Rd

Heidelberg

Point Cook Rd between Princes Fwy and Dunnings Rd

Altona Meadows

3

Chandler Hwy between Heidelberg Rd and Princess St

Alphington / Kew

High St / Spring St / Cheddar Rd

Reservoir

4

Thompsons Rd / Western Port Hwy

Skye

Thompsons Rd / Western Port Hwy

Skye

5

Fitzsimons Lane between Main Rd and Porter St

Eltham / Templestowe

Burke Rd between Monash Fwy and Malvern Rd

Glen Iris

6

Greensborough Hwy between Metropolitan Ring Rd and Grimshaw St

Greensborough

Rosanna Rd / Jika St / Dora St / Banksia St / Lower Heidelberg Rd

Heidelberg

7

Point Cook Rd between Princes Hwy and Sneydes Rd

Seabrook

Kings Rd / Taylors Rd

Delahey

8

Eastern Fwy / Bulleen Rd / Thompsons Rd

Balwyn North

Gap Rd and Horne St

Sunbury

9

Maroondah Hwy / Dorset Rd

Croydon North

Toorak Rd between Milton Pde and Auburn Rd

Kooyong

10

Toorak Rd between Milton Pde and Auburn Rd

Kooyong

Murrumbeena Rd / Neerim Rd

Murrumbeena

Written by Lynette Keogh, RACV Public Affairs, 9790 2572
September 29, 2016