We're starting work

The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade is another step closer, with BMD Constructions awarded the contract to deliver the project.

Upgrading these intersections will improve traffic flow and access to jobs, schools, shops and parks for the 60,000 people who drive through the area every day. It’ll also enhance walking and cycling connections for the local community.

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Overview

The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade includes:

  • new traffic lights at Main Road and Leane Drive intersection
  • traffic lights to replace roundabouts at Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection and Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street intersection
  • an upgraded signalised intersection at Williamsons Road and Foote Street
  • opening bus lanes to all vehicle use between Porter and Foote Streets
  • relocation of the iconic River Peel structure
  • new walking and cycling paths
  • safety barriers at key locations.

The upgrade reduces congestion in peak periods to provide more reliable travel times, improves safety and makes walking and cycling around the community safer.

What we heard from you

Consultation started in late 2018 and over the last two years we’ve listened to your feedback. We’ve made a number of key design changes across the project including new U-turns, even more walking and cycling connections at key locations, and improved bus priority at key locations.

We also heard your feedback about the new intersection at Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane. You told us:

  • the community cherishes its environmental beauty and local character
  • you are concerned about safety in peak times.

Our final design improves safety and reduces congestion in both the morning and afternoon peak, keeping locals and commuters moving.

Further design changes include reducing the number of lanes, which will enable us to retain more trees.

We’ll keep consulting you throughout the build to ensure as many trees and community features are retained as possible.

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Project design

Use the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade interactive map to find out more details about the project. Click on the icons for more information.

Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane

We’ve listened to what’s important to the community and investigated a number of design options under the relevant technical guidelines, along with analysis from independent consultants.

As a result, we’ve removed two traffic lanes from the Eltham approach. We have also removed the bus priority lanes from all approaches to reduce the footprint of the Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane intersection.

This change has reduced the number of trees that will be impacted, whilst ensuring the community and road users will still benefit from reduced congestion and improved safety.

We have worked to bring together community views, traffic needs and environmental values.

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Alternate design option- Main Road intersection

Enhancing the existing roundabout was not progressed for a variety of reasons including:

  • doesn’t resolve the existing safety issue caused by weaving from the south across Main Road to Bolton Street, and may actually make it worse
  • doesn’t provide the opportunity to link up traffic to the Bolton Street signals
  • provides limited improvement for buses including two SmartBus routes
  • lacks the required performance in the afternoon peak due to insufficient:
    • lanes through the intersection
    • queue space from the south
    • queue space for right turns into Bolton Street
    • won’t alleviate existing queuing from the west to head south
  • will still require significant tree and vegetation removal

These issues mean a roundabout will be less safe, increase the risk of incidents and likely lead to risky driver behaviour.

A fully signalised intersection addresses all of the above and ensures Fitzsimons Lane can continue reliably catering for future traffic needs in a safe and effective way.

Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street

The roundabout at Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street will be upgraded to traffic signals. We’ve designed the intersection with additional approach and departure lanes to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

The bus lanes between Porter Street and Foote Street will be opened to all traffic which, in conjunction with the intersection upgrades and bus queue jump lanes, will provide a more efficient and reliable journey for all road users.

We’re working closely with relevant stakeholders to coordinate the relocation of the River Peel sculpture to a new site in the local area.

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Williamsons Road and Foote Street

The intersection of Williamsons Road and Foote Street will be upgraded with additional approach lanes and extended turn lanes. We’ve designed the intersection to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

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Main Road and Leane Drive

The Main Road and Leane Drive intersection will be signalised. This will improve safety, congestion and local access in the area.

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Artist's impression

Artist impression of Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection. Concept design only. Subject to change.

Image of an artist's impression of the aerial view of the Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection- looking towards Eltham

Aerial view of the Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection- looking towards Eltham

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