The Victorian State Government has revealed that works to add an extra lane on the Swan Street Bridge will begin later this month.
Works will begin on Wednesday 29th March, with heavy disruptions expected for motorists travelling over the bridge on their daily commute. To enable the works, a single city bound lane will be closed until July.
The upgrade includes building an additional lane for motorists heading east, wider cycling and pedestrian paths on both sides of the bridge and a safer pedestrian crossing at Alexandra Avenue.
The final months of works will see new and improved cycling and pedestrian paths installed, as well as lighting that will illuminate the Swan Street Bridge at night.
Acting Minister for Roads Jacinta Allan spoke of the necessity of the project in removing one of Melbourne’s most notorious bottlenecks.
“We know there will be some delays but these are delays for a purpose while we work to remove this significant bottleneck on Melbourne’s road network.
“Swan Street Bridge has been a nightmare for years and while we’re working to remove it motorists should plan their journey, allow extra travel time and, if they’re able to, consider alternative routes or public transport.”
The delays caused by the works are to extend the average commute time by 20 minutes during the morning peak hour, with motorists encouraged to visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au for live travel updates.
Construction is expected to be complete by December 2017.
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