EXPRESSIONS of Interest for the first package of the Victorian Government's Streamlining Hoddle Street project closed last week, with the successful contractor expected to be appointed in late 2017 and construction to begin soon after.
The Streamlining Hoddle Street project has been split into two sections: Package A (Johnston Street and Eastern Freeway intersections) and Package B (Swan Street and Brunton Avenue intersections). The Expression of Interest for the second package of works will be issued in mid-2017, with construction expected to start in early 2018. All works will be completed by mid-2019.
The Streamlining Hoddle Street project aims to improve major intersections to reduce travel times for drivers, cyclists and public transport and provide a safer travel experience. The project will remove a key bottleneck for buses by providing a dedicated lane to travel from the Eastern Freeway to Hoddle Street.
A new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and smart mobility solutions package will improve safety and provide users with more accurate and reliable travel time information to better plan their journeys.
Possible ITS solutions may include permanent variable message signs on Hoddle Street providing real time messaging to motorists, advanced traffic signal and pedestrian detection to give priority to different users during major events and pavement LED lighting to help drivers navigate through continuous flow intersections.
A range of other improvements are also being investigated, including changes to bus and tram stops, improved cycling paths and ways to reduce bus travel times.