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 - April 2017

We've fine-tuned our plans and presented these to the community at the two recent drop-in information sessions in Eltham in March based on the initial feedback we received to these options. View the artists impressions of the designs below. We'll keep you updated as the project progresses.

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Artist impressions

Grand Boulevard - at junction with Bolton St looking southwards [JPEG 135 Kb]

Main Road - Bolton St looking southwards across intersection [JPEG 130 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 centre 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.

About the project

Key timelines

Details When
Community sessions Provide information on the final design and discuss construction and traffic management
Early 2017
Request for tender Advertise tender to construction industry
Mid 2017
Award contract Award contract to the successful tender
Late 2017
Start of works Construction begins
Late 2017
End of works Upgraded Bolton Street is open to traffic
Mid 2018


Key features 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
  • 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 
You can view the concept design below.

Image of the Bolton St design plan

Select this link or the image to view a larger version of the project design

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.

What happens next?

Over the coming months, we will be advertising the tender for the project and undertaking environmental and traffic assessments ahead of the start of works in late 2017.

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