330,000 commuters will benefit from faster and more reliable travel, by upgrading four key intersections along Hoddle Street.
The Andrews Labor Government has closed Expressions of Interest this week for the first package with the successful contractor expected to be appointed in late 2017. Construction will begin later this year.
The Streamlining Hoddle Street project has been split into two sections: Package A (Johnston Street and Eastern Freeway intersections) and Package B (Swan Street and Brunton Avenue intersections).
The Expression of Interest for the second package of works will be issued in mid-2017, with construction expected to start in early 2018. All works will be completed by mid 2019.
The Streamlining Hoddle Street project will improve major intersections to reduce travel times for drivers, cyclists and public transport and provide a safer travel experience.
The project will remove a key bottleneck for buses by providing a dedicated lane to travel from the Eastern Freeway to Hoddle Street.
A new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and smart mobility solutions package will improve safety and provide users with more accurate and reliable travel time information to better plan their journeys.
Possible ITS solutions may include permanent variable message signs on Hoddle Street providing real time messaging to motorists, advanced traffic signal and pedestrian detection to give priority to different users during major events and pavement LED lighting to help drivers navigate through continuous flow intersections.
A range of other improvements are also being investigated, including changes to bus and tram stops, improved cycling paths and ways to reduce bus travel times.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan
“We’re getting on with the job of making Hoddle Street faster and more reliable for Melburnians, so people spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families.”
“Along with streamlining four major intersections, the upgrade is investigating the use of technology to reduce travel times for drivers, cyclists and public transport users and provide a safer journey for all road users.”
“Hoddle Street is heavily congested – and work can’t wait. 330,000 people use, or cross, the Hoddle Street corridor every day and we’re fixing it.”
“Local residents, councils and businesses have contributed directly to the project design. We’re working with them so we can ensure that our solutions meet the community’s needs.”