Kicking Off The Hoddle Street Upgrade

The design for the future of Hoddle Street is out to market this week, which will give 330,000 motorists and public transport users a more reliable journey each day.

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for expressions of interest from qualified design consultants to progress the $60 million Streamlining Hoddle Street project.

The winning proponent will have an ability to successfully meet the needs of competing travel modes including motorists, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists all in a congested and urban area.

The Streamlining Hoddle Street project will use new intersection configurations to improve travel times for all transport modes and provide a safer travel experience.

The four intersections of Swan Street, Brunton Avenue, Johnston Street and the Eastern Freeway will be upgraded as part of the project.

The continuous flow intersection at Swan Street will require an innovative design team willing to table new ideas and think outside the square to tackle the challenges of this significantly congested part of the network.

The Swan Street intersection will balance the movement of large volumes of people during peak travel periods and ensuring the gateway to Melbourne’s premier events precinct is a safe, accessible and purpose built destination, will be critical to the success of the project.

Expressions of Interest for companies to undertake the design will open on 25 May 2016 and will close on 8 June 2016.

A separate Expressions of Interest process for a company to construct the project will open in late 2016, with the construction contract due to be awarded in early 2017. Construction will begin at Swan Street in mid-2017, with completion of the full intersection upgrades expected in mid 2019.

For more information on the Expression of Interest, visit VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

“Hoddle Street is heavily congested – and work can’t wait. 330,000 people use the Hoddle Street corridor every day and we’re fixing it.”

“Hoddle Street is a vital link and a key connection to the CBD; this upgrade will improve travel times and make it safer for pedestrians and motorists.”

“We’ll be speaking to the community throughout the life of the project so we can ensure that our solutions meet their needs  and Melbourne’s wider transport network.”

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