We’re upgrading major intersections on Hoddle Street and Punt Road to improve traffic flow.

Overview

In October 2018, we started major work on Punt Road at:

  • Swan Street
  • Olympic Boulevard
  • Brunton Avenue

This will be Victoria’s first continuous flow intersection.

The continuous flow intersection will give city-bound traffic a dedicated, new right turn movement onto Olympic Boulevard.

We’ll also:

  • build new bike connections on Swan Street and Olympic Boulevard
  • add new, accessible bus stops on Punt Road
  • add an accessible tram stop on Swan Street
  • build a new walking and cycling path in Gosch’s Paddock
  • build a new walking path under the Richmond rail bridge
  • We will finish these works by late 2019.

Continuous flow

More than 330,000 people travel along and across Hoddle Street and Punt Road every day. To ease congestion on this busy major road, we’ll build a new intersection at Swan Street.

The new, continuous flow intersection will improve your travel times on Punt Road.

Up to 45% of time spent at the intersection is dedicated to right turning and some through traffic. But we can make this intersection work better.

To help this, we’ll introduce new turning movements to reduce the delays caused by right turns.

And if you walk or ride in the area, you’ll enjoy safer and more accessible walking and cycling paths.

Early travel changes

In October, we’ll permanently remove 1 of 2 left turn lanes onto Brunton Avenue.

We’ll also install temporary traffic barriers in the early stages of the works. They help our crews stay safe during construction.

If you use the footpath on the north side of Olympic Boulevard, you’ll need to cross outside AAMI Park and walk along Gosch’s Paddock.

We’ll work both during the day and at night. This will help us to finish our works as fast as possible.

Some disruptions are unavoidable, but we'll do our best to minimise their effect and keep you up-to-date with changes.

Temporary road closures

To build the new accessible tram stop, we'll temporarily close parts of Swan Street and Olympic Boulevard in early 2019. We’ll give you more detail later this year about when these closures will be.

These closures will reduce safety risks for our staff working next to live traffic.

They’ll also help us to:

  • finish works quickly
  • change major turning movements
  • change how trams move in the intersection
  • complete major excavation work
  • upgrade drainage
  • install traffic islands
  • build the new tram platforms.

After the closure, the tram stop will be ready to use and the new intersection will be almost complete.

Changes to travel

At times, we’ll need to change the way you travel to your home, work or event.

We’ll coordinate with event operators, local council and other transport agencies. And we’ll give you as much notice as possible.

To build the new intersection, we'll need to:

  • set speed limits
  • remove turning movements
  • close lanes, mostly at night
  • close roads for a short time.

We may also need to make changes to pedestrian and cyclist paths, tram and bus stops.

To keep you and our crew safe, we’ll:

  • have traffic controllers in place
  • put road signs in place to guide you
  • have detours clearly marked.

Weather conditions may affect our progress and access during works may vary. We'll let you know if there are any changes.

Buses, trains and trams

As part of works, we’ll need to make changes to the way you travel on public transport.

You can expect:

  • the northbound Punt Road bus stop outside Gosch’s Paddock to move to Richmond Oval
  • minor disruptions and short delays to bus Routes 246 and 969
  • permanent removal of the eastbound tram Stop 7E on Olympic Boulevard
  • permanent removal of up to two additional tram stops.

Tram passengers will be able to use the next tram stop either on Olympic Boulevard or across Punt Road on Swan Street. This is either 100 to 150m away from stop 7E.

Later in the project, we’ll remove and change tram stops on Olympic Boulevard and Swan Street.

Car parking and clearways

In April 2017, we added and extended clearway times along Punt Road and Hoddle Street.

As part of this project, we’ll also introduce 24/7 clearways along Swan Street, between Stewart Street and Punt Road. We’ll let you know the exact date for this in the coming months.

As part of these works, we'll need to change parking outside Richmond Station from angle to parallel.

We’ll need to close the Care Park located at 13-15 Swan Street for up to three weeks during the works. And we’ll give you plenty of notice about when this will take place.

Construction contractor

Our construction contractor Fulton Hogan will deliver the next stage of the Streamlining Hoddle Street project.

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