One of the city’s busiest streets, Victoria Parade in Fitzroy, will be totally closed to traffic for several days the weekend after next.
All traffic will be diverted on to Albert Street, East Melbourne.
The Albert St bike lane will not be interfered with. However, riders should be extra alert as the additional traffic and congestion may result in unpredictable behaviour from motorists and pedestrians.
The Victoria Parade east-bound lanes will be closed while works for the new M41 water main trench the street 3m deep to install the new 1.2m diameter steel pipe.
Construction will start around 9pm, Friday 21 September, and continue 24 hours a day until 5am, Monday 24 September, after which the street will re-open to traffic.
Victoria Parade will be closed to all vehicles, including buses, in the construction corridor detailed in the illustration.
This will also include the intersection of George Street and Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.
There will be reduced lanes east-bound on Victoria Parade from 5am Monday 24 September to 5am Monday 8 October.
The reduced lane west bound works on Victoria Parade will be performed 24hrs per day from 5pm Sunday 30 September until 5am Monday 8 October.
There will be no disruptions to Yarra Tram services in Victoria Parade.
No works will be undertaken during the AFL Grand Final period, from the evening of Thursday 27 September to the evening of Sunday 30 September. Traffic detours will remain in place.
A second full closure weekend for road reinstatement of the east-bound carriageway is currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.
The M41 Merri Creek to MCG Water Main supplies drinking water to over 350,000 residents and businesses in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.
It runs from Merri Creek, Northcote to Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. The existing water main is almost 100 years old and deteriorating and needs to be replaced.