Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham

We’re upgrading Bolton Street, on behalf of the Victorian Government, between Main Road and Bridge Street with a $10.5 million project to improve traffic flow, safety and accessibility.

Project update - September 2017

We recently awarded the contract to Melbourne based Company Bitu-Mill and construction of the project is expected to begin by the end of August. 
Bolton Street will remain open during construction; however there may be some short term lane closures during non-peak times. We’ll keep you informed well in advance of any lane closures.
We now expect to be able to finish the project by early 2018.

During the September school holidays, we’ll be taking advantage of the quieter time on our roads to fast track construction on the project.

This will mean Bolton Street will be closed northbound between Walsh Street and Bridge Street (heading towards Bridge Street) from Saturday September 23 to Sunday October 8. There will still be easy access to the shops on the corner of Main Road and Walsh Street during this time.

This closure will be in place around the clock during this time and we are expecting delays, so we encourage you to plan your journey and if you can to seek alternate routes including via Main Road and Bridge Street. 

Construction impacts

Construction will take place between 7am to 5pm on weekdays and 7am to 3pm on weekends.  We’ll be working to keep noise to a minimum during these times.

For drivers

Reduced lanes and speeds will be place during the works. We ask all drivers to take care and observe the speed limit, follow the signs and the directions of the traffic controllers.  There’ll be some traffic delays and we encourage you to use alternate routes if possible.

For pedestrians and cyclists

There’ll be limited access for cyclists on Bolton Street during the works, so we would encourage you to avoid the area and take alternate routes.
Pedestrians will be able to use the existing footpaths along Bolton Street, however there may be restricted access as we build the new shared path and footpath. Our traffic controllers will ensure there is safe pedestrian access at all times.

Car parking

There’ll be restricted street parking along Bolton Street during the works, so we encourage you to use the designated car parks, take public transport or leave the car at home.

Open for business

We’ve been working closely with Bolton Street businesses to better understand their requirements and we’ll be doing whatever we can to minimise the impact on them during construction.
We encourage you to spread the word that Bolton Street businesses will remain open and to continue to support your local traders.

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 Bolton Street Detour Map A (small)

View larger version of the Bolton Street, Eltham northbournd road closure detour map [PDF 414 Kb]

Project background

Bolton Street currently carries over 19,000 cars per day, far more than what it was designed to.

As a key connector route for Eltham providing access to nearby residential estates, shopping and activity centres links to bus and train services.

The current street design needs to be upgraded to improve safety for all road users and to allow more people to use it in the future.  


Key features of the project will include:

  • Permanent truck ban
  • 50km/h speed limit 
  • Pedestrian operated signals near Grand Boulevard
  • Centre median along Bolton Street
  • Left turning lanes into side streets
  • New 2.5 metre wide shared path and 1.5 metre wide footpath on either side of Bolton Street
  • Left turn out-left turn in, and left and right-in vehicle access at Bolton Street/Grand Boulevard intersection
  • Improved access to Sherbourne Road by extending two lanes further south on Bolton Street at Sherbourne Road/Bridge Street intersection
  • Adding an additional left-turn slip lane, with traffic lights, from Bolton Street onto Main Road 

Image of Bolton Street upgrade plan

Artist impressions

Artists impression of Grand Blvd at Bolton Street  

Grand Boulevard

Artists impression of Main Road at Bolton Street  

Main Road

Artists impression of Thornton Street at Bolton Street  

Thornton Street

Community involvement

The community has played an important role in helping to shape this project. In 2015, we held two local forums in Eltham which identified safety as one of the major concerns on Bolton Street.

In 2016, we returned to Eltham and presented two potential options to improve safety, traffic flow and accessibility. We also door-knocked residents and businesses on and around Bolton Street in December 2016 and January 2017.

Based on the feedback we received to these options, we fine-tuned our plans and presented these to the community at two drop-in information sessions in Eltham in March 2017.

What happens next?

Construction will begin over the coming weeks and we ask for your patience as we move ahead with this important project. Check out the above images to see how the new Bolton Street will look.

Contact us

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

Key Milestones
What Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
Community Sessions - March 2017

Provide information on the final design and discuss construction and traffic management.

Request for tender - Mid 2017 Advertise tender to construction industry Completed
Award contract - Mid 2017 Award contract to successful tender Completed
Start of works - August 2017  Construction begins  Current 
End of works - Early 2018 Upgraded Bolton Street is open to traffic  Upcoming 

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