Traffic management

The Victorian Government will take steps to reduce the impact on local traffic during the construction of the new prison and when the prison is operational in 2022. A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational and from construction vehicles and workers during the construction phase.

Construction traffic: During construction there will be a mix of vehicles accessing the site, including delivery trucks and builders’ vehicles. The successful tenderer will provide parking for construction vehicles.

Staff: Traffic generated by staff will generally occur during shift changes. There will also be some staff vehicle movements at other times. Visitors: Most visits will occur on weekends.

Deliveries: Deliveries to the site will generally occur throughout the day. A functional entry road and parking layout that accommodates the unloading/loading of delivery vehicles and waste management vehicles without obstructing other vehicular movements will be provided.

Prison transfers: Prison transport vehicles will move people between prisons and to/from court/other appointments.

Emergency vehicles: Attention will be given to providing appropriate access for emergency vehicles when required. Access roads: Options for a construction road and permanent access road are being explored.

Frequently asked questions

Will Peak School Road be used and developed?

Redeveloping and using Peak School Road during the construction and operation of the new prison is not a viable option for the project:

  • This would be an indirect route into the site (as the site sits on Chisholm Road) and it is important that there is a direct and safe access point.
  • An access road will be developed off Bacchus Marsh Road into the precinct which will provide direct access to all existing facilities and the new prison. This has been included based on community feedback to reduce the number of turnings off Bacchus Marsh Road, and provide efficient movement around the precinct.

The community can be assured, the department will take steps to reduce the impact on local traffic (where possible) during the construction of the new prison and when the prison is operational in 2022.

A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational and from construction vehicles and workers during the construction phase.

Which roads will be used for construction traffic?

Once a Managing Contractor is appointed, the construction methodology will be agreed with the department, detailing site access point(s).

What will the impact on traffic be when the prison is in the construction phase?

During construction there will be a mix of vehicles accessing the site, including delivery trucks and builders’ vehicles. The successful tenderer will provide parking for construction vehicles on site.

A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational and from construction vehicles and workers during the construction phase.

What will the impact on traffic be when the prison is operational?

A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational.

Traffic to and from the site will occur due to:

  • Staff – Traffic generated by staff will generally occur during shift changes. There will also be some staff vehicle movements at other times.
  • Visitors – The prison will allow for seven day visits to occur, however it is expected most personal visitors will occur on weekends.
  • Deliveries – Deliveries to the site will generally occur throughout the day. A vehicle pull-in area for semi-trailers, a functional entry road and parking layout that accommodates the unloading/loading of delivery vehicles and waste management vehicles without obstructing other vehicular movements will be provided.
  • Prison transfers – Prison transport vehicles will move prisoners between correctional facilities and to/from court/other appointments.
  • Emergency vehicles – Attention will be given to providing appropriate access for emergency vehicles when required.
  • Bus – Currently the department contracts a bus company to provide services on weekends from Lara Railway station to the prison precinct to assist visitors.

How will the traffic flow be managed once the prison is operational?

A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational.

This assessment will include the following considerations:

  • approximate number of vehicle movements per day, and
  • the busiest period for traffic and how that will be managed.

There is a tonnage limit on Windermere Road. Will construction vehicles adhere to this limit?

The managing contractor will adhere to Vic Roads tonnage limits and road regulations on any construction routes.

Lara is already congested due to heavy truck traffic on McClelland Avenue. What is being done about this?

In relation to the Chisholm Road Prison Project, steps to reduce the impact on local traffic will be taken (where possible) during the construction of the new prison will be taken and when the prison is operational in 2022.

A Traffic Impact Assessment will be completed to understand the impact of traffic and parking demand when the prison is operational and from construction vehicles and workers during the construction phase.

What is being done to protect the wildlife at the nearby Serendip Sanctuary from trucks travelling on McIntyre Road-Windermere Road to Bacchus Marsh Road?

The project team will advise the managing contractor of the Serendip Sanctuary to ensure they advise all contractors to be cautious in this area.