Hoddle Bridge re-painting works

The Victorian Government is completing bridge maintenance works on the Hoddle Bridge, Melbourne.

What we're doing

The Victorian Government is delivering maintenance works on the Hoddle Bridge.

These works will involve removal of old paint, bridge repair and repainting to help prolong the life of the bridge. To ensure we safely remove the existing paint, we need to wrap the Hoddle Bridge in plastic sheeting. The sheeting provides a barrier, so no flakes of paint fall into the Yarra River or on to the surrounding footpaths.

The works will be undertaken in a 5-step process:


Close public access to the street or footpath and install scaffolding.


Seal worksite with heavy duty plastic containment sheeting to enclose the work area for safe removal and collection of old paint.


Remove any lead-based paint through dry spot blasting with specialised machinery. This will avoid damage to the bridge.

The area will be cleaned frequently by licensed personnel, and particle waste will be removed from the enclosed work area by vacuum extraction into designated hazardous waste bin storage.


Paint the bridge using modern, approved paints.


Once removal works are completed the air and soil quality will be tested to ensure compliance with the VicRoads Repair Treatment Codes in line with legislative requirements.

We have strict protocols in place to protect the safety of the local community and our construction workforce, including enhanced industrial cleaning arrangements and provision of personnel to collect and safely dispose any hazardous waste.

When to expect us

Crews will be on site from early February 2022–June 2022.

We will be working during the day from 7am to 5pm. 

When we install and remove the scaffolding, we’ll be working at night-time when traffic volumes are at their lowest. We will endeavour to keep noise impacts to a minimum. 

A signed detour will be in place for pedestrians and bicycle riders as the Main Yarra Trail will need to be closed during these works. 

Please note that the dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions. 

How will this impact you?

During working hours, you may notice:

  • Lane closures of Punt Road over Hoddle Bridge during installation and removal of scaffolding. 
  • Reduced speeds during installation and removal of scaffolding to ensure the safety of crews, motorists, and pedestrians.
  • High noise levels during business hours – we’ll work towards minimising noise as much as possible. No work will take place at night.
  • Please observe footpath closures and alternative route signage in place along the Main Yarra Trail and the Punt Road footpath. 
  • Safety lights and security cameras within the work area.
  • There will be no disruptions to Public Transport services or traffic flow on Punt Road.
  • A 5-minute delay when moving through the area. Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained, however please be aware that short delays may occur when scaffolding is being installed and removed.

Works are subject to weather conditions, and the dates may change to accommodate adverse weather.

Traffic management crews will be on site to help you move through the area while we complete the installation and removal of scaffolding.

Please keep an eye out for changed conditions and temporary speed limits when moving through the area.

Thank you for your patience while we complete these important works.


What work will occur on the bridge?

We are undertaking vital bridge maintenance works on Hoddle Bridge. These works will involve removal of old paint, bridge repair and repainting to help. 

How will you ensure the health and safety of the community when removing the lead paint?

The health and safety of the community is paramount. As part of these refurbishment works, we will be progressively covering sections of the bridge with containment sheeting. This will create an enclosed space for workers to refurbish the bridge and remove lead-based paint.

Is air monitoring being undertaken?

Yes, we will be monitoring the air quality during the removal of lead paint. Air samplers will be located at appropriate places around the work site and monitoring will be undertaken for the duration of all lead paint removal works.

What is happening to the lead paint which has been removed?

Contaminated waste materials will be contained within a designated exclusion zone where works are taking place until it is removed from site and disposed of by a licensed waste removal provider. Particle waste generated by abrasive blasting of lead-based paints will be removed from the enclosed work area by vacuum extraction into designated hazardous waste bin storage. All other waste from working with lead-based paint will be double bagged, sealed, vacuumed, and transported to a secured hazardous waste bin storage area. The hazardous waste will be removed by a licensed hazardous waste removalist.

Get in touch

To get in touch with a member of the project team at VicRoads, email: [email protected]


Health and Safety Measures
To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVIDSafe plan.

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