More reliable journeys on Melbourne’s busiest arterial road

27 January, 2019Streamlining Hoddle Street

More reliable journeys on Melbourne’s busiest arterial road are moving closer as we prepare for major works to ramp up once again on Hoddle Street.

Work to transform the Punt Road and Swan Street intersection into Victoria’s first Continuous Flow Intersection will intensify next month as we work around the clock to reduce disruptions.

The Continuous Flow Intersection will move right turns away from the intersection to prioritise the north south movement to improve travel times for the 330,000 people that travel along and across the intersection.

The significant changes to Melbourne’s busiest intersection will provide more go time at green lights, improving traffic flow and reducing travel times on Hoddle Street and Punt Road.

Olympic Boulevard will close to vehicles and trams between Punt Road and AAMI stadium to upgrade tram tracks and install overhead lines to prepare for a new accessible tram stop. Traffic islands and will also be built for the new right turning lane.

The Olympic Boulevard closure will run from 7 to 12 February 2019. This is the second major shut down for the project with the first used to complete critical upgrades on Hoddle Street at the Eastern Freeway and Johnston Street intersections.

On average citybound commuters are saving 3 minutes on round trips every day since the first stage of improvements were delivered which include a new p-turn at Johnston Street and an additional third lane onto the Eastern Freeway.

The project will benefit all road users with new turning lanes reducing the risk of crashes and recent pedestrian improvements making walking from Richmond Station to nearby sporting venues safer.

Pedestrian detours will be in place with citybound motorists advised to allow extra travel time when travelling via Wellington Parade or Alexandra Avenue.

Passengers to and from the city on the route 70 tram need to exit the tram at Swan Street near Cremorne Street or AAMI Park and cross Punt Road at the pedestrian crossing.

To avoid these changes, passengers can catch the train between Flinders Street and Richmond Station.

To prepare for this next stage of works from 30 January 2019, the right turn from Olympic Boulevard into Punt Road will be removed and a temporary ban in place for the right turn from Punt Road into Swan Street.

For more information and detour maps, see the Streamlining Hoddle Street web page.

Watch this video to see the Continuous Flow Intersection in action.

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