Stage one of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade has reached a major milestone with the Diamond Creek Road intersection operating at full capacity and two lanes open in each direction between Diamond Creek and Kurrak Roads.

Labor Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today inspected the now duplicated Yan Yean Road including newly-opened lanes and six upgraded intersections.

The intersections of Diamond Creek Road, River Avenue, Memorial Drive, Browns Lane, Kurrak Road and the Nillumbik Shire Council Recycling and Recovery Centre have been upgraded to include traffic lights and signalised pedestrian crossings, making the road safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Since 2013, there have been 41 crashes on this section of Yan Yean Road, with one fatality and 55 others injured. Centre and side safety barriers have since been installed to help prevent head-on crashes.

Doubling the number of lanes from two to four has delivered a huge boost to capacity for the 24,000 cars using this section of Yan Yean Road each day.

An interim speed limit of 60km/h will be in place initially to allow road crews to complete minor finishing work swiftly and safely, before the speed limit of 70km/hr is reinstated. This will also help drivers to safely adjust to the changed traffic conditions.

A new shared walking and cycling path along the full length of the western side of the road has been completed, while the eastern side will soon feature a new footpath.

While major construction is now complete, crews will continue to improve community amenities along Yan Yean Road including landscaping, wildlife protection and the restoration of the old church at Plenty Heritage Park.

Rolling lane closures will also take place as construction crews return throughout August and September to put down the final layer of asphalt, paint line-markings and build residential driveways.

Residents of Yarrambat and Doreen will also benefit from stage two of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade with construction expected to commence once an Environmental Effects Statement has been completed.

Stage two will involve widening the road from one to two lanes in each direction between Kurrak Road and Bridge Inn Road, upgrading intersections and building new walking and cycling paths along the entire road.

A community event will be held in the coming months to celebrate the end of major works. Stage one of the Andrews Labor Government’s Yan Yean Road Upgrade has been delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“The Yan Yean Road Upgrade has removed two dangerous bends, improving sight lines for drivers and providing a much-needed improvement to a previously dangerous stretch of road.”

“The residents of Plenty and the surrounding suburbs now have access to safer and more reliable journeys on the duplicated Yan Yean Road, and I look forward to the start of work between Kurrak Road and Bridge Inn Road.”