After consultation, the Government has confirmed that drivers will be better off with the upgraded Chandler Highway being built to six lanes with a new bridge to the west of the existing railway bridge.
The western option was identified after careful consideration of the overall impact to the road network, surrounding land, the environment and properties of heritage significance.
The Government is also fast tracking work to remove the Grange Road, Alphington level crossing with early works to remove the boom gates to be fast-tracked to commence in 2018.
This is one of 50 level crossings that will be removed over the next seven years, easing congestion, improving safety and creating space to run more trains.
Technical investigations will start this year and the Level Crossing Removal Authority will consult with the local community, including businesses and residents, to ensure everyone has input into the design development.
The historic 124-year-old Chandler Highway Bridge will be converted to a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians as well as a shared community space.
Community consultation will begin in coming months with the ability for residents to view draft designs, interactive maps and graphics and speak with experts.
The Chandler Highway upgrade – set to start in mid-2017 – will improve safety and accommodate growing traffic at the intersection of Chandler Highway and Heidelberg Road. It will also see new traffic lights installed at the Yarra Boulevard intersection and new cycling and walking paths that link directly to nearby trails.