THE Victorian Government last week announced the release of new designs of major intersections and the implementation of 24/7 clearways as part of the Streamlining Hoddle Street project that aims to improve Melbourne's busiest arterial road corridor.
Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said the initiatives will improve traffic flow, boost reliability and deliver longer green lights on Victoria's busiest arterial road. Intersection upgrades at Swan Street, Johnston Street and Brunton Avenue will give more time on each green light – cutting average queue lengths from 340 metres to less than 100 metres.
The implementation of 24/7 clearways builds on the success of clearways introduced last year along Punt Road, from Alexandra Avenue to Union Street, which have halved travel times on weekends and reduced delays outside of peak times.
The changes are expected to take five minutes off average travel times during the evening peak along Hoddle Street, and almost three minutes in the morning peak.
The project will also deliver significant time savings and increased reliability for DART bus services, with a free-flowing journey off the Eastern Freeway exit ramp and a dedicated bus lane to Victoria Street.
Other features of the project include safer bus and tram stops, separated cycling lanes and significant improvements for pedestrians walking from Richmond Station to the MCG, AAMI Park and other landmarks in the nearby sporting precinct.
Consultation on planned clearways is now under way with local residents and businesses and construction is scheduled to start at the northern end of the corridor by the end of the year.
More information is available from VicRoads' Streamlining Hoddle Street website at <https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects/punt-road-hoddle-street/hoddle-street--streamlining-initiative>.