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Traffic changes and closures

Changes to traffic conditions and some closures of side roads will be required throughout the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. For the most current information regarding these changes, please see below.

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Current changes and closures:


Changed traffic and pedestrian conditions – Racecourse Road to Seymour Road, Hamilton

Works to upgrade the centre median of Kingsford Smith Drive between Racecourse Road and Seymour Road are scheduled to be completed in mid-December 2019. Following completion of these works, three lanes of traffic will open on Kingsford Smith Drive east of the Racecourse Road intersection for motorists travelling outbound.

Signage will be installed to help motorists and pedestrians navigate the changed conditions, where required.

The Kingsford Smith Drive and Racecourse Road intersection will remain fully open during these works.

Major Sunday works

From 6am Sunday 15 December to 5am Monday 16 December 2019, barrier movements, asphalting activities, service installation and line marking will be undertaken on Kingsford Smith Drive between Racecourse Road and Seymour Road.

During these works, there will be lane closures on Kingsford Smith Drive adjacent to the work area, as well as a localised lane closure on Harbour Road at Kingsford Smith Drive. Access will be maintained out of Harbour Road from Kingsford Smith Drive.

Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to allow additional travel time or seek alternate routes, where possible.

In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, this timeframe may be extended to allow the work activities to be completed safely.

Changed traffic and pedestrian conditions

Following works on Sunday 15 December 2019, the right turn into Harbour Road from Kingsford Smith Drive will re-open, and the temporary U-turn facility installed at the Kingsford Smith Drive and Northshore Way intersection for outbound motorists will be removed.

The pedestrian crossing at Harbour Road will also re-open following the major Sunday works.

Changed traffic and pedestrian conditions – Racecourse Road to Seymour Road, Hamilton

In mid-October 2019, works will begin to upgrade the centre median of Kingsford Smith Drive between Racecourse Road and Seymour Road, and are expected to continue until early 2020.

To accommodate these works, outbound vehicles will be moved onto the newly-constructed northern lanes of Kingsford Smith Drive. Additional signage will be installed to help motorists navigate through the work area.

Activities to be completed in the centre median include traffic signal installation, kerb and median installation, pavement works, drainage works and landscaping.

To facilitate these construction activities, the right turn into Harbour Road from Kingsford Smith Drive will be temporarily closed for the duration of these works. A temporary U-turn facility will be installed at the Kingsford Smith Drive and Northshore Way intersection for outbound motorists to access Harbour Road during the construction works.

The pedestrian crossing at Harbour Road will also be closed for the duration of these works. Pedestrians can cross Kingsford Smith Drive at the signalised crossings at Racecourse Road and Northshore Way.

In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, this timeframe may be extended to allow the work activities to be completed safely.

Please see notification for more information regarding traffic changes and detours.

Temporary road closure – Day Street, Hamilton

From mid-August 2019 to early 2020, Day Street will be closed at Kingsford Smith Drive to traffic in both directions.

This closure is required to enable installation of new underground services, pavement works and construction of the new road verge.

Traffic controllers and additional signage will be in place to help motorists navigate around the works area. Please see map below for more information regarding traffic detours.

Please see notification for more information regarding traffic changes.

Changed traffic conditions – Agnes Street to Toorak Road

From mid-May 2019, works will be carried out to upgrade the northern verge of Kingsford Smith Drive between Agnes Street and Toorak Road.

Activities to be completed on the northern verge will include drainage works, installation of new pavement, kerb, and underground services, works on private properties, reconstruction of driveways and landscaping.

Traffic changes

To accommodate these works, from 5pm Sunday 12 May to 5am Monday 13 May 2019, temporary traffic barriers in the centre median will be removed and relocated to the northern side of Kingsford Smith Drive, between Agnes Street and Toorak Road.

The implementation of this traffic arrangement will enable the majority of the works to be undertaken during standard construction hours. Due to traffic permit requirements, some of the works must be completed during night shift between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday.

As part of this traffic arrangement, two outbound lanes will remain on Kingsford Smith Drive between Agnes Street and Cooksley Street, with three outbound lanes maintained at the Cooksley Street intersection.

Access to Kingsford Smith Drive from both the Inner City Bypass (ICB) and Breakfast Creek Road will remain open, with one lane entering onto Kingsford Smith Drive from Breakfast Creek Road and one lane from the ICB.

From Sunday 26 May 2019, the inbound lanes on Kingsford Smith Drive will be increased to three lanes between Cooksley Street and Agnes Street, with one lane exiting to Breakfast Creek Road and two lanes exiting to the ICB.

Temporary bus stop closure

As part of this traffic change, the existing outbound bus stop (Kingsford Smith Drive at Cooksley Street, stop 13/14) will be closed. Regular services can be accessed from stop 15, Kingsford Smith Drive at Toorak Road for the duration of these works.

Temporary footpath closure

From Sunday 12 May 2019, a section of the northern footpath between Hunt Street and Cooksley Street will be closed for up to four weeks to allow footpath, verge and landscaping works to be undertaken.

Access for pedestrians will be maintained via Yulestar Street. Additional signage will be in place to direct pedestrians.

Access to Kingsford Smith Drive from local roads

The following local access changes will be required to enable these works:

  • The left turn onto Kingsford Smith Drive from Hunt Street will permanently
  • The left turn onto Kingsford Smith Drive from Agnes Street will temporarily

The left turn into both Agnes Street and Hunt Street from Kingsford Smith Drive will be maintained.

Additional signage will be installed to help motorists and pedestrians navigate around the work area.

For more information, view the full notice here.