Background

The Balaclava Road / Verney Road / New Dookie Road / Hawdon Street intersection will be upgraded from a roundabout to a signalised intersection to reduce congestion and improve safety, particularly during peak demand periods.

Works Program

Delivery of this contract will be undertaken in two stages.

  • Stage One: Commenced week of 29 July 2019 Work has been undertaken on the northern half of the intersection on Verney Road from Balaclava/New Dookie Roads to Elm Terrace. This section of road is closed to traffic throughout this period.
  • Stage Two: Commenced 16 November 2019 Works will move to the southern half of the intersection on Hawdon Street from Balaclava/New Dookie Roads to Feshti Street. This section of road will be closed to traffic throughout this period. Access to residences, businesses and schools will be maintained throughout this period. The intersection upgrade is scheduled for completion by May 2020.

Stage One
29 July 2019 - 16 November 2019 (Completed)

During Stage One the intersection was closed to traffic travelling on Verney Road. Temporary traffic lights were in place at the intersection throughout this stage to assist traffic travelling on Balaclava Road / New Dookie Road / Hawdon Street. Temporary traffic lights were also be in place at the intersection of Balaclava Road / Bourchier Street / Clive Street. New Dookie Road businesses can still be accessed from New Dookie Road. Detour signs were also in place.

The Balaclava Rd / Verney Rd Intersection Upgrade - Stage 1 Traffic Management Portrait
The Balaclava/Verney Rd Intersection Upgrade - Stage 1 Traffic Management Portrait.
(Click image to open PDF)

Stage Two Traffic Management
Commenced 16 November 2019

During Stage Two the intersection will be closed to traffic travelling on Hawdon Street. Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the intersection throughout this stage to assist traffic travelling on Balaclava Road / Verney Road / New Dookie Road.

Temporary traffic lights will also be in place at the intersection of Balaclava Road / Bourchier Street / Clive Street.

The link road between Ash Street and New Dookie will be closed.

New Dookie Road businesses can still be accessed from New Dookie Road. Detour signs will be in place, so please plan your trip accordingly.

The Balaclava Rd / Verney Rd Intersection Upgrade - Stage 2 Traffic Management Portrait
The Balaclava/Verney Rd Intersection Upgrade - Stage 2 Traffic Management Portrait shows traffic management and detour details in place during Stage 2 of construction, beginning 16 November 2019. (Click image to open PDF)

Maps, Plans, and Traffic Study

Balaclava Road Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Revised layout plan following community consultation
Balaclava Road Verney Road Intersection Upgrade - Revised layout plan following community consultation (Click top open PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the roundabout being upgraded?

In 2015, Council identified that significant traffic congestion was occurring at and around the existing roundabout intersection of Verney Road, New Dookie Road, Hawdon Street and Balaclava Road. The associated traffic study determined that the roundabout was already operating at capacity in the peak AM and PM periods and was not capable of catering for predicted future growth. The traffic study also identified a range of safety issues associated with the current roundabout in this location.

Why were traffic lights chosen?

A local area traffic study was commissioned by Council for which a report was prepared in April 2016. The only suitable intersection option identified by the report that would accommodate future projected traffic volumes and fit within available space was a signalised intersection with additional traffic lanes. The local area traffic study investigated existing traffic volumes and movements along the roads network within the local vicinity of existing Balaclava Road / Verney Road roundabout. It then determined what traffic treatments would be required to accommodate future traffic growth.

What work is being done?

  • Water Main Replacement
  • Service authorities asset relocation
  • Construction of signalised intersection
  • Road pavement construction with additional traffic lanes
  • Centre of Road traffic medians
  • Line Marking
  • Street Lighting
  • Landscaping

Stage Two works will include:

  • Water main replacement/relocation in Balaclava and New Dookie Roads to allow for parallel parking bays to be indented into the nature strip
  • Power pole removal and relocation of service connections to properties on Balaclava Road
  • Kerb, channel and driveways
  • Road pavement construction with additional traffic lanes
  • Traffic lights on south side and commissioning
  • Centre of road medians
  • Line marking
  • Street lighting
  • Landscaping

How long will the works take?

Construction is expected to start mid-January 2019 on the relocation of the water main. The main works will commence in July 2019, and are anticipated to be completed by May 2020.

Will the intersection be closed during the upgrade?

During Stage Two construction, the south side of the intersection will be closed to traffic.

Traffic will continue to travel east and west along New Dookie and Balaclava Roads. Traffic travelling south along Verney Road will be able to turn left into New Dookie Road and right into Balaclava Road, however, will be unable to continue south onto Hawdon Street. Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the intersection to assist with traffic management throughout these works.

Hawdon Street will be closed at the intersection and no traffic will be able to access this street from Balaclava Road, New Dookie Road and Verney Road.

Will there be changes to traffic turning into any of the other roads near the intersection?

Glenn Street will be closed to traffic at New Dookie Road.  Traffic will be unable to turn from Glenn Street into New Dookie Road in any direction. Traffic will be unable to turn into Glenn Street from New Dookie Road.

Temporary traffic lights will remain in place at the Bourchier St / Balaclava Rd / Clive St intersection.

How will I access my home or work?

Access to your property will be maintained throughout the construction period, although on some occasions temporary closure may be required. If closure is required adequate notification will be provided to the land owners.

Will temporary fencing be placed around the construction area similar to Stage One works?

The site will be fenced differently in Stage 2. Due to the requirement to maintain access to properties along the south side of Balaclava Road and New Dookie Road the site will be surrounded by a mixture of bollards, tape and plastic mesh to identify the construction site throughout the works. 

Can I park out the front of my property in New Dookie Road or Balaclava Road?

Parking will not be always available out the front of properties in New Dookie Road and Balaclava Road during these works. Council and its contractor will work closely with residents to minimise disruptions and inconvenience.

What changes will be made to parking in the area?

Permanent long stay parking will no longer be available in sections of Hawdon Street, New Dookie, Balaclava or Verney Roads, however Council is investigating the possibility of implementing a “Clear Way” time parking restrictions during peak periods.

Can I park in Balaclava Road and drop my children to school?

No parking will be available along Balaclava Road between Clive Street and Verney Road during Stage Two construction.

Will any of my services, such as power, water and or waste collection be disrupted?

There will be planned disruptions to your services (water, gas, electricity, and telecommunications) during the construction. Service authorities will directly notify you of any disruptions. At this stage, there will be no disruption to the bin collection service or mail deliveries.

Will there still be a school crossing on Verney Road?

The Verney Road school crossing will move to the signalised intersection from the commencement of Stage Two construction. A School Crossing Supervisor will be in attendance during normal crossing times.

Will the school crossing on Balaclava Road be operational during Stage Two?

Yes, the school crossing on Balaclava Road will be operating as usual.

Will proposed works affect the current bicycle lanes?

Yes. There will no longer be any on-road bicycle lanes along Hawdon Street from Balaclava Road to Glenlyon Avenue, and Balaclava Road (south side) from Hawdon Street to Clive Street. Council is currently investigating alternative bicycles routes within this area.

Will the footpaths be accessible throughout Stage Two?

Footpaths on the north side of the intersection will remain open throughout the works.

The footpath on the south side of Balaclava Road will remain open for the majority of works with closures kept to a minimum.

If I have a question or concern, who do I contact?

For further information please contact the Projects Department on (03) 5832 9535 or email projects@shepparton.vic.gov.au

Timeline

  • 11 December 2018 (Completed)Community information session
  • 18 December 2018 (Completed)Water main tender awarded at Council Meeting
  • January 2019 (Completed)Bus Shelter relocation begins
  • January / February 2019 (Completed)Works to commence on water main for 5 months
  • 21 May 2019 (Completed)Civil Contract awarded to Jarvis Delahey Contractors
  • 1-12 July 2019 (Completed)Gas asset relocation works
  • 29 July 2019 (Completed)Stage One of intersection works begins
  • 16 November 2019 (Now)Stage Two of intersection works begins
  • April / May 2020 Works completed

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