Swan Street Bridge upgrade
Mar 27 2017
The iconic Swan Street Bridge is a vital Yarra River crossing, connecting people between Melbourne’s premier parks, sports and entertainment precinct and the city.
The Victorian Government has allocated $30 million to upgrade Swan Street Bridge to help reduce congestion and improve safety and travel times for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
The upgrade will add:
- an extra lane for drivers heading east to remove the traffic bottlenecks on the bridge;
- wider cycling and pedestrian paths on both sides of the bridge to provide safer and better access for pedestrians and cyclists;
- a new pedestrian crossing at Alexandra Avenue;
- new architectural lighting to better showcase the Swan Street Bridge.
Works start on 29 March and will be finished by December. While works are underway, one city bound lane and the footpath on the Rod Laver Arena side of the bridge will be closed until July.
Weekday works will occur from 7am – 5pm. Works on Saturday will be from 7am – 2pm. No works are currently scheduled for Sunday or public holidays. Where required, night shift will be 9pm – 5am.
Plan your journey
During this time we encourage commuters to plan ahead, take an alternative route or catch public transport, especially if going to an event. If heading towards the city via Olympic Boulevard, drivers will need to allow up to 20 minutes extra travel time until the lane reopens in July.
Alternative routes to the city include Alexandra Parade, Victoria Parade, Albert Street, Wellington Parade and Commercial Road. There will be on-road signs with live travel time information to guide drivers. If travelling on foot, pedestrians can follow the signs and use the footpath on the Olympic Park side of the bridge.
To plan a journey, check the VicTraffic app orfollow @VicTraffic on Twitter. Visit vicroads.vic.gov.au to find out more.