Moonee Ponds Creek Trail underpass upgrades

The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is a very popular pedestrian and cyclist route with approximately 300 cyclists using the trail during peak times every morning. The path is also very popular with pedestrians, dog walkers and students.

In 2018 we will be undertaking significant upgrades for two underpasses to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, firstly the Dean Street underpass followed by the Evans Street underpass.

We are eager to commence these works as the existing design of these underpasses currently pose a safety hazard for users of the trail. These works are part of our commitment to improving walking and cycling infrastructure in Moonee Valley, as identified in our Walking and Cycling Strategy.

During the planning and design phases of this project, we have completed extensive community and stakeholder consultation, including with Melbourne Water, Moreland City Council, Bicycle Network, Friends of the Moonee Ponds Creek, VicRoads and Transurban.

We wish to thank Transurban and VicRoads for their significant funding contributions as part of the Citylink Tulla Widening projects.

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About the Dean Street upgrade

Works commenced: April 2018
Works completed: September 2018

What was wrong with it?
The former entrance to the underpass and the steep alignment was dangerous. The southern approach of the underpass had a hairpin bend prior to a 90 degree bend on a steep grade. The north approach also had a steep grade with a large, dangerous curve.

What we did about it:
The new design eliminates the sharp bends with a direct, straight link between the elevated shared path and the CityLink Tullamarine Freeway underpass. At the same time, the entrance to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail from Pattison Street has been updated with a new alignment and retaining walls. Sight lines have been improved and priority for pedestrians and cyclists continuing on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is clearer, minimising conflict.

About the Evans Street upgrade

Works commencing: To be confirmed - 2019
Expected length of works: To be confirmed 

What’s currently wrong with it?
The southern entrance to the Evans Street underpass is on a sharp narrow bend. The existing width of the path and the poor sightlines create significant hazard for all path users. The path through the underpass is immediately adjacent to a steep drop into the adjacent Moonee Ponds Creek. At the same time, the connection from Evans Street forms a T-intersection with limited sight lines for cyclists joining the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. Debris also gets regularly washed onto the path.

What we’re doing about it:
We will install a barrier fence along the creek side of the path to protect users from the steep embankment. A small cantilevered section at the sharp bend at the entrance of the underpass will be constructed to widen the path. Other works include re-sheeting of the shared path, barriers to reduce debris and refreshing the linemarking to improve visibility.

New Shared Path link construction

Works commencing: mid-October 2018
Estimated time for construction:  Approximately two weeks (weather permitting)

The project will facilitate new active paths for the local primary schools and will also provide a safer link for all shared path users from the Moonee Ponds Creek shared path to the footpath in Fanny Street, Moonee Ponds.

It is anticipated that there will be minimum disruption to Moonee Ponds Creek shared path users during this time. 

More information

This page will be regularly updated with the last information and progress of the upgrades, so please check back.

If you have any questions, please contact our Sustainable Transport Officer on 9243 8888 or email transport@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Monday, 24 September 2018, 11:44 PM