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 - January 2017

Community engagement

In June 2016, we held a community information session in Eltham where more than 100 people spoke with our engineers. We invited you to have your say on the two proposed design options for Bolton Street, and after reviewing your feedback this has helped us move ahead with the community’s preferred design.

The preferred design includes introducing a permanent 50km/hour speed limit on Bolton Street and a continuous median strip, along with a three-metre wide shared path on the western side of Bolton Street for pedestrians and cyclists.

Other features of the upgrade will include new pedestrian lights, a ban on right hand turns at the Grand Boulevard intersection, and widening the Sherbourne Road and Main Street intersections to improve traffic flow.

Works on the upgrade will start in late 2017.

Project details

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

Design option

Key features will include:

  • pedestrian lights near Grand Boulevard
  • 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

Project background

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

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