The Victorian government has announced the beginning of construction on the Shepherds Bridge upgrade.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said the upgrades would improve freight access and increase safety for pedestrians.
“We’re fixing inner west roads so local residents will no longer sit in long traffic queues at Whitehall Street and Footscray Road intersections,” Donnellan said.
“More than 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists use Shepherds Bridge every day – for them, this means better city access and a safer crossing over the Maribyrnong River.”
The Shepherds Bridge will be widened from two to four outbound lanes, as well as create a new separated shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians.
The upgrade aims to address the current bottleneck at Whitehall and Napier Streets, allowing for faster traffic to the Port and Melbourne CBD.
“Widening Footscray Road and Moreland Street will also provide more reliable freight access to the Port of Melbourne, critical to Victoria’s economy,” he said.
The shared user path has been designed in collaboration with urban design consultants to meet the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
Works are expected for completion by mid-2017.
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