TWENTY-FOUR hour clearways along Punt Road have come into operation this week, with permanent non-parking zones from Alexandra Avenue to Gladstone Street on the east side, and from Alexandra Avenue to Union Street on the west side.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the announcement would come as a welcome relief for residents and motorists frustrated with bottlenecks and choke points on weekends, when just one parked car can reduce the critical north-south corridor to one lane in each direction.
By making Punt Road a permanent non-parking zone, the government hopes to improve traffic reliability in the area, including to and from sporting precincts and Melbourne's CBD.
The loss of on-street parking will be compensated for, with three new car parks for those who live, work and visit the area to be opened by the end of December. The new car parks will be located at 182 Punt Road, 198 Punt Road and 274 Punt Road.
Mr Donnellan said the State Government will also continue to consider medium and long term options to improve the operation of Punt Road.