Victorian Government calls for EOIs for $60m Hoddle Street upgrade project

THE Victorian Government last week called 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.

Punt Road bridge (Hoddle Bridge) with Nylex sign and silos in background
Above: Punt Road bridge (Hoddle Bridge) with Nylex sign and silos in background / by Simon Yeo.

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 closes 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.

Photo: Punt Road bridge (Hoddle Bridge) with Nylex sign and silos in background / Simon Yeo / Licensed under Creative Commons BY 2.0.

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