Update - July 2022

Construction of the new roundabout at Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road is underway and will continue to late 2022. 

Work on the new bridge is progressing well with water now flowing underneath. The bluestone removed from the old bridge has been inspected, cleaned and laid on the walls of the new bridge, in the creek and in the new traffic islands and roundabout. 

Kerb works are now complete and works on the surface of Melbourne Road, Kilmore Road and over the bridge are continuing.  

Fully closing the intersection allows us to complete works more safely and efficiently than when traffic is flowing, minimising overall disruptions. 

Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road will remain closed to allow our crews to complete final works on the bridge. 

We acknowledge the ongoing inconvenience of the intersection closure and thank you for your patience as we deliver these important upgrades.

Worksite captured by drone showing progress of the new roundabout and bridge

Worksite captured by drone showing progress of the new roundabout and bridge

Traffic changes

Changes to traffic are in place while we complete these works, please follow all signage including signed detours and drive to the conditions. Please remember to look after the local residents and avoid driving through streets with ‘Local residents only’ signs. 

Melbourne Road

The Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road intersection and Melbourne Road between Fisher Street and Kilmore Road was closed to through traffic on 7 March 2022 to enable works on the bridge over Bunjil Creek. 

Please detour via Station Road during the closure. The detour will add approximately five minutes to your journey and up to 15 minutes during peak times, so allow for this extra travel time to ensure you get to your destination on time. 

This temporary road closure will ensure that we can construct the new bridge as quickly as possible, minimising disruption to the community.

Kilmore Road

Kilmore Road between Melbourne Road and the bridge over Jacksons Creek is also closed. Access is provided from Kilmore Road to vehicles accessing the Gisborne and District Bowling Club.

Please detour via Station Road during the closure. The detour will add approximately five minutes to your journey and up to 15 minutes during peak times, so allow for this extra travel time to ensure you get to your destination on time. 

Hamilton Street

Access to the bridge over Bunjil Creek is not permitted while works to construct a wider bridge are underway. This area is fenced off from Hamilton Street and there are changes to traffic and parking. 

The Hamilton Street service lane has been reconfigured to allow vehicles to travel in both directions due to the exit being closed temporarily for our works. Vehicles can enter and exit the service lane at the Aitken Street end.

Parking is not permitted on the south side of the service lane to provide room for traffic to safely travel in both directions. Four car parks on the north side of the service lane outside the old courthouse building have been temporarily removed to provide room for cars to u-turn at the end of the service lane.  

Six car parks have been removed on the north side of Hamilton Street, adjacent to the bridge over Bunjil Creek, while works on the bridge are underway to provide room for cars to u-turn before the bridge. 

Fisher Street and Aitken Street

Right turn movements at the Fisher Street and Aitken Street intersection are restricted to improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection. Drivers can use the Melton Road roundabout to safely complete a u-turn. 

Temporary speed humps are in place on Fisher Street to help manage the speed of vehicles. Please remember to look after the local residents while we upgrade the intersection and avoid driving through streets with ‘Local residents only’ signs. 

Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road Detour Map

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Overview

The Victorian Government is investing $12.5 million to improve safety, capacity and traffic flow at this intersection. 

Melbourne Road is a main connection from Gisborne to the Calder Freeway and onto Melbourne. The intersection is a major entry point to Gisborne from the growing north-east communities of Riddells Creek, Monegeetta, Romsey and Lancefield.

The intersection is located on a bend and has poor visibility making it difficult for traffic to enter and exit Kilmore Road safely.  In addition, it lacks connections for pedestrians and cyclists and can be difficult to navigate for drivers unfamiliar with the area.

Benefits

Upgrades to this intersection will:

  • Improve safety and connectivity for all motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and freight drivers
  • Enable better traffic flow
  • Improve visibility
  • Provide better street lighting.

Details

Your feedback about the issues you have experienced has helped our engineers develop a concept that best meets the needs of the community and all road users. The concept has also been influenced by several assessments, independent advice and feedback including:

  • Independent arborist assessment
  • Bunjil Creek historical due diligence report
  • Geotechnical review
  • Safe System Assessment
  • Community, local government and stakeholder engagement
  • Advice from utility organisations
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan developed in partnership with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation 
Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road intersection upgrade 

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1. Roundabout design

You told us that safety, traffic flow and accessibility are three key topics at this intersection.

  • Safety: A roundabout naturally slows traffic down and minimises conflict points which improves safety for motorists.
  • Traffic flow: this design ensures regular flow of traffic and will support traffic travelling in any direction. Traffic signals can sometimes stop traffic unnecessarily during off-peak times and the roundabout will allow continuous flow throughout the day.
  • Accessibility: Melbourne Road, Kilmore Road and Hamilton Street will all have equitable access through the intersection. Many people raised concerns about turning in and out of Kilmore Road and this design will allow safer and easier movements in and out of Kilmore Road.
  • The roundabout design also addresses concerns about speed, visibility and will improve the existing road alignment and geometry.
2. Active transport
  • We’re improving options for pedestrians and cyclists by upgrading some existing footpaths to shared user paths. This will provide safer options for active transport around the intersection. Our paths will connect in with the existing network and future plans council has to create more walking and cycling paths.
  • We’re exploring options to better connect pedestrians across Hamilton Street in addition to these shared paths. We’ll let you know what we come up with after further investigations.
3. Environment
  • You told us that the local environment is very important. We’ve worked to shift the roundabout to minimise the impact to nearby flora. Our concept will retain one large oak in the centre of the roundabout. This tree has been assessed as very healthy and we’ll work with council to ensure the tree can continue to grow and provide character for the town in years to come.
  • During the development of the project we assessed 76 trees around the intersection. This assessment considered trees that have been planted as part of the original streetscape as well as trees that have self-sown in Bunjil Creek.
    • Our concept retains a large oak to feature in the centre of the roundabout. Two elm trees have been removed to allow for the intersection upgrade. Both trees have been assessed by the arborist as being in fair health and poor structure.
    • The trees that grow along and within Bunjil Creek are all self-sown or suckers and were not part of the original plantings. We have removed some of these self-sown trees to allow for the intersection upgrade and improve the creek’s sustainability.
  • We’re also working with council to develop a landscaping plan for the area around the intersection.
4. Bunjil Creek bridge
  • While we’ve worked to minimise the amount of space needed for the Melbourne-Kilmore Road intersection upgrade, the bridge over Bunjil Creek has been removed and be replaced with a wider bridge to provide enough space for traffic lanes and shared user paths.
  • The removal of the bluestone walls allows for construction of the new bridge over Bunjil Creek and will be re-used as part of the final beautification and landscaping works. 
  • The design also considers flood risks associated with the existing bluestone bridge and channel. We need to ensure that nearby properties will not receive any increased inundation of water during heavy rain events.
5. Town entrance/gateway
  • You told us that exploring a town entrance/gateway design is important for your town. With the roundabout design, we’re retaining the large oak tree as a feature within the roundabout. Our engineers are working with arborists to ensure the health of the tree. They’re also ensuring that the tree will not cause any safety issues by adjusting the layout of the roundabout to allow safe visibility.

How a roundabout works

Project development

We asked you to share your experiences on the intersection of Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road via our online survey from 15 August to 29 September 2019.

We also held a drop-in session on 19 September 2019 at the Gisborne Community Hall.

Download our summary report [PDF 1 Mb] or view it online.

Learn more about Gisborne area projects.

Get in touch

If you’d like more information or have any questions please get in touch
Email:  [email protected]
Write:  Regional Roads Victoria, 53-61 Lansell Street, East Bendigo VIC 3550