Bolton Street upgrade, Eltham

The $10.5 million Bolton Street Upgrade is complete. It’s now safer, easier and quicker for you to get to your home, local shops and services.

Give mum a treat on Bolton Street

VicRoads invites you to visit Bolton Street for free coffee and cupcakes on us to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s also our way of saying thanks for your patience while we upgraded Bolton Street.

Where :  You’ll find us at Colin’s Place, (Northern end of Bolton Street) AND
Out the front of Bolton Street Deli, (Southern end of Bolton Street).
When:     Saturday 12 May
Time:      10 am - 1pm

Pop down, grab a treat and support your Bolton Street traders.
Artist impression Bolton St Mothers Day social event 12 May 2018

More information on Bolton Street upgrade and Mum's treat on 12 May 2018 [PDF 79Kb]

Project update - May 2018 

Bolton Street complete

  • a new 2.5m wide walking and cycling path, improving how you access local shops and the medical centre
  • better street lighting to illuminate the road after dark as you walk or drive to your home and local shops along Bolton Street
  • new traffic lights with pedestrian signals to help you feel safer whether you’re walking, cycling or driving 
  • new drainage to direct storm water into drains and prevent the risk of flooding
  • widened road to improve traffic flow and travel times 
  • new centre islands and a right turn lane to improve safety 
  • a permanent truck ban and set speed limit of 50km/h. 

Thank you

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the project, especially while we worked during the night for the past two weeks.

We apologise for this work taking longer than expected, and we’re happy you can now enjoy the new and improved Bolton Street.


Bolton Street is now safer and more efficient, allowing the more than 18,000 drivers who use it daily to get to their homes quicker. The upgrade provides better access to shops and stress-free journeys ferrying children to after school activities.   

New kerbs and drains channels have replaced the old open gutters, and gravel road shoulders have made way for wider side street entries and raised platforms. The community can now enjoy a modern road designed to withstand flooding. 

Make use of the new shared walking and cycling path that runs along the entire road and remember to support your local traders by shopping in the Bolton Street precinct.

Here are just some of the improvements and benefits of the project

Benefits of Bolton Street, Eltham 

image - Truck ban on Bolton Street 

Truck ban

Truck restrictions on Bolton Street are now in place. Trucks that exceed 16.5 tonnes can no longer travel on Bolton Street, unless they are making deliveries to any business or services on Bolton Street. If you see any trucks using Bolton Street as a thoroughfare you can report this to VicRoads on (03) 9881 8863

image - Truck ban on Bolton Street 

Speed limit

If you’re driving down Bolton Street, make sure to follow the new 50km/h speed limit. Police will patrol the area to make sure the new limit is enforced.

Imagte - Shared walking and cycling path on Bolton Street 

Shared walking and cycling path

You can now easily ride or walk to the local shops and medical centre using the new 2.5m wide walking and cycling path along Bolton Street. The new shared path has greatly improved access for residents along Bolton Street.

image - bolton street lighting


Better street lighting illuminates the road after dark as you walk or drive to your home or local shops along Bolton Street, making your journey safer.

image - bolton street widened road

Widened road

The newly paved and widened Bolton Street has greatly improved traffic flow through this arterial road. Cars can now turn into residential side streets in dedicated lanes, allowing drivers to continue uninterrupted. 

image - bolton street drainage 


We installed new drains along the sides of the road, allowing water to flow directly into drains and away from the. These new drains will improve the street’s ability to manage stormwater. 

 Image - Pedestrian islands on Bolton Street

Pedestrian islands

Pedestrian refuge islands along Bolton Street have improved safety for when you cross Bolton Street. They also act as barriers to separate traffic, further improving safety for pedestrians as well as drivers.

Connect with us

For more information about the Bolton Street Upgrade email us at: [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  Completed
End of works - Early 2018 Upgraded Bolton Street is open to traffic  Completed

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