The Swan Street Bridge has been an icon of Melbourne since it opened in 1952 and it will now receive a facelift with four different architectural and urban design firms submitting their vision for the future of the bridge.
Sally Draper Architects, BKK Architecture, John Wardle Architecture and Watson Architecture & Design have submitted their designs to improve the look and feel of the bridge and surrounding area. Designs include lighting, viewing platforms and unique architectural features on the barriers of the bridge.
VicRoads will display each of the options so pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and rowers can have their say on the four different options.
We want to hear your thoughts on how designs can work together with surrounding parklands and venues to ensure we provide a safer and more inviting and accessible crossing over the Yarra River.
The Swan Street Bridge is the gateway to Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct linking the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Shrine of Remembrance, Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG.
Public comment is being sought and will close on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. The feedback from the community will be used to finalise the look and feel of the upgraded bridge. Visit
The Government is investing $30 million to upgrade Swan Street Bridge, including an additional traffic lane and two new separated shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides.
The upgrade will be complete in late 2017 and will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and provide greater access to Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan
“We’re creating a world class bridge for a world class city.”
“We want to hear from the community on how the proposed design options can enhance the iconic surroundings of the bridge while maintaining its historic look.”
“Whether it’s on the way to a game at the MCG or AAMI Park, a concert at Rod Laver Arena or stopping to observe the spectacular Melbourne skyline, the Swan Street Bridge is an important part of Melbourne’s cultural history.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020