A ma­jor Vic­to­rian roads project is set to re­move a key bot­tle­neck for buses by cre­at­ing a ded­i­cated bus lane be­tween the Eastern Free­way and Hod­dle Street

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A ma­jor roads project is set to re­move a key bot­tle­neck for buses by cre­at­ing a ded­i­cated bus lane be­tween the Eastern Free­way and Hod­dle Street.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est closed for con­struc­tion of the first sec­tion of the Stream­lin­ing Hod­dle Street project be­tween John­ston Street and the Eastern Free­way in late May. Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Roads Luke Don­nel­lan says 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.

“We’re mak­ing Hod­dle Street faster and more re­li­able so peo­ple spend less time stuck in traf­fic and more time at home with their fam­i­lies,” he says.

“Along with stream­lin­ing four ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions, the up­grade is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the use of tech­nol­ogy to re­duce travel times for driv­ers, cy­clists and public trans­port users and pro­vide a safer jour­ney for all road users.

“Hod­dle Street is heav­ily con­gested and work can’t wait as 330,000 peo­ple use or cross the Hod­dle Street cor­ri­dor ev­ery day.”

The suc­cess­ful con­trac­tor for the first sec­tion of the project is ex­pected to be ap­pointed later this year, with con­struc­tion also to be­gin be­fore the end of 2017.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the sec­ond pack­age of works, be­tween Swan Street and Brun­ton Av­enue, will be is­sued in the next few months, with con­struc­tion ex­pected to start in early 2018. All works will be com­pleted by mid-2019.

Above: Hod­dle Street is be­ing re­de­vel­oped to cre­ate a ded­i­cated bus lane along one of Mel­bourne’’s busiest roads

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