Atherton Road Reconstruction Works

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July 2020

Works will begin on Thursday, 30 July to install 13 lighting poles along Atherton Road, between Warrigal Road and Clyde Street.

Six of these poles are “smart” poles – part of the exciting “i-Sense Oakleigh: The Smart Connected Precinct” project that aims to provide and pilot a range of smart technologies around Oakleigh, including lighting, bin sensors and pit sensors connected to a central control point. Smart lighting can be controlled and adjusted remotely.

To minimise traffic and parking disruption, works will be done along sections of the road as follows: Warrigal Road to Drummond Street, Drummond Street to Atkinson Street and Atkinson Street to Clyde Street.

Intermittent traffic and pedestrian disruption will occur during delivery and installation of the light poles and traffic management will be in place to guide vehicles and pedestrians through the work site.

During installation of the poles, parking along each section on the north side of Atherton Road will be inaccessible.

Ace Contractors Pty Ltd will undertake the works, which will be complete by the end of August 2020.  Works will take place between 7am and 4pm (Monday to Friday).

Monash University is our technical partner for i-Sense Oakleigh, contributing $70,000 to the project. The Federal Government has contributed $700,000.

August 2019

Traffic signal works are due to start on Monday 5 August at the Atherton Road, Atkinson Street and Hanover Street intersection in Oakleigh.

Works include the installation of new traffic signal poles, lights and controller cabinet; concrete works (saw cutting of concrete and road pavement); granite paving installation; and pavement reconstruction. 

Prestige Paving Pty Ltd will be undertaking the works, which are expected to be completed by Friday 30 August 2019

All works will be carried out between Monday to Friday, 7am - 5pm, with the possibility of Saturday works if required. 

The intersections will remain open for all movement of traffic at all times during the works. The area will remain open for public access and for vehicles to park. 

July/August 2019

Eaton Mall Bollard Project

UPDATE: Works to install bollards at the Chester and Portman Street entrances to the mall will begin on Wednesday, 10 July. There will be some disruption and delays to traffic with these works, mostly when concrete is being poured and traffic management will be in place to guide vehicles and pedestrians through the works. 

Works have begun to install bollards at Eaton Mall to improve pedestrian safety and deter vehicle entry, including motorbikes. 

The project is underway at the Atherton Road entrance to the mall, with works to Chester and Portman Streets to begin in mid-July. The works don’t require road closures but traffic management will be in place to guide pedestrians and vehicles through the work sites.

This project is jointly funded by Monash Council and the State Government and will be completed by August 2019.

June 2019

Night Closures

Atherton Road (between Drummond Street and Atkinson/Hanover Streets) will be closed overnight from Sunday 23 June to Friday morning 28 June. The night closures will be from 8pm to 6am. 

Night Closures (May/June 2019)

UPDATE - Due to the wet weather the proposed night works in Atherton Road, requiring the closure of the road between Atkinson and Drummond Streets will be postponed. Works were planned to start on Sunday 2 June. These works are now anticipated to start later in June. 

The Haughton Road/Johnson Street, Oakleigh intersection will be closed overnight on Sunday 26 May until Monday 27 May, from 8pm - 5.30am (weather permitting) so that final asphalt works can be carried out as part of pedestrian improvements. 

*Atherton Road (between Atkinson Street and Drummond Street) will be closed overnight for five nights 8pm to 6am. Works were planned from Sunday 2 June 2019 until Friday 7 June 2019 but due to wet weather they will be rescheduled* 

This closure is to allow for the construction of underground drainage in Atherton Road at the Eaton Mall intersection, associated asphalt and concrete works and tree planting.

The tree planting is to replace the trees that had to be removed earlier this year after Council found significant damage to infrastructure from invasive roots. 

Council is replacing these trees with maturing species of the Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) to preserve the green space valued by the Oakleigh Community. The Norway Maple is useful in urban areas as a street tree due to its dense growth habit, heat tolerance and its richly coloured scorch resistant summer foliage. 

Understory vegetation (plants that grow under the canopy trees) will be planted in July.

Atherton Road replacement tree plantings location map (pdf, 718KB)

Detours will be in place to guide traffic and pedestrians around the road closure while these works area underway.

Drainage Renewal Works, Station Street, Oakleigh (May/June 2019)

Drainage installation works along Atherton Road, Oakleigh between Eaton Mall and Station Street, will start soon, which will require the temporary closure of Station Street.

The works to install the new drainage pipes start on Monday, 20 May 2019 and are expected to be completed (weather permitting) by Wednesday 5 June. Station Street will be closed to traffic from 6.30am to 5.30pm during this period.

Signage and traffic management will be in place to guide the public around the works. We appreciate your patience during these works while we deliver significant improvements to the Oakleigh Activity Centre. 

Works include the removal of an old abandoned water main on Tuesday 7 May and Wednesday 8 May (these works will not require any road closure) and the installation of a larger drainage pipe to improve stormwater collection and reduce incidences of flooding in Atherton Road.

March 2019 

Night Works 3-8 March 2019

The intersection of Atherton Road, Atkinson Street and Hanover Street will be closed overnight from Sunday 3 March 2019 until Friday 8 March 2019, from 8pm-6am.

This is to allow for the construction of underground drainage across the intersection and associated asphalt and concrete works.

Detours will be in place to guide traffic around the closure.


As part of the road reconstruction works on Atherton Road, Council is accessing the health of the trees on the road and whether there are invasive roots.

Council has identified 13 trees on Atherton Rd between Warrigal Rd and Atkinson St that require removal due to their invasive roots.

It was Council’s intention to retain the majority of the trees but due to the damage being caused by their complex root system, this is not possible.

A further assessment on another six trees will take place once the footpath is removed. These trees may also require removal depending on their root system.

Council will be replacing any trees with an advanced species to preserve the green space valued by the Oakleigh Community.

We will also be holding a community meeting on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 from 7pm at the Oakleigh Service Centre to talk through the project with the community and discuss any concerns.

Atherton Road Reconstruction - Street Tree Assessment, Detailed Layout Map (pdf, 515KB)

September 2018

The reconstruction works to upgrade Atherton Road between Warrigal Road and Clyde Street, Oakleigh were planned to start on the week beginning Monday 17 September.

Council has allocated more than $5.8 million to improve the streetscape along this section of Atherton Road following feedback from the community about enhancing this area of  the Oakleigh Activity Centre.  These works build on the success of the revitalisation of Eaton Mall, which is considered one of Melbourne’s premier dining destinations.

The project will take approximately 12 months to complete and traffic will be able to continue to use the street although there may be some delays. Traffic management and signage will be in place to guide pedestrians and motorists through the various work zones.

The works will be carried out in various stages with two dedicated work crews – one crew commencing near the Warrigal Road end of Atherton Road and the other crew working from the Hanover Street intersection towards Clyde Street. Updates will be provided as the works progress.

There will be some impact on parking so we can deliver this long-awaited project. During the course of the works the contractor will require areas for storage of equipment and materials and existing car parks at 3 Palmerston Grove (western car park) and part of a carpark off Oxford Street will be closed and used for storage purposes.

The multi-deck car park between  Atkinson Street and Palmerston Grove offers plenty of alternative parking  while these works are carried out.

The  reconstruction works include:

  • New widened footpaths with granite paving and a new asphalt road surface
  • New street lighting
  • Improved stormwater drainage with water sensitive urban design elements to minimize and  manage street tree root problems
  • Indented and modified parking bays that will create larger areas for the protection of the remaining street trees and allow them more space in which to grow.

You can view the construction plans at the Oakleigh Service Centre, 3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh.   

For more info contact 9518 3555 or email

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Last updated: 28 July 2020