Swan Street Bridge upgrade

We're upgrading Swan Street Bridge to help reduce congestion, and improve safety and travel times for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The upgrade will add an extra lane for drivers heading east to remove bottlenecks and provide safer and better access for joggers and cyclists.

Project update - March 2017

Works start on 29 March and will be finished by December. One citybound lane and the footpath on the Rod Laver Arena (north) side of the bridge will be closed until July. 

Plan your journey

During this time we encourage commuters to plan ahead, take an alternative route or catch public transport, especially if you’re going to an event. 

For drivers:

If you’re driving towards the city and usually turn into Olympic Boulevard from Hoddle Street expect the following delays:

  • up to 20 minutes in the morning peak
  • up to 15 minutes in the evening peak and;
  • 10 minutes outside of the peak times.

We recommend you take one of the following alternative routes from Hoddle Street/Punt Road so that you avoid travelling along Olympic Boulevard and Swan Street Bridge:

  • Alexandra Parade
  • Victoria Parade
  • Albert Street
  • Wellington Parade
  • Commercial Road
Image of alternate routes for Swan Street Bridge upgrade

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There’ll be plenty of on-road signs with live travel time information to help guide you. 

To plan your journey before you leave, check the VicTraffic app (External link) or follow @VicTraffic (External link) on Twitter.

For pedestrians:

If you’re travelling on foot, follow the pedestrian detour signs and use the footpath on the Olympic Park (south) side of the bridge.

Public transport:

If you’re travelling by train, tram or bus, visit PTV (External link) to plan your journey. 

Please check this page regularly as we will continue to provide updates as the works progress.

Project details

The design draws inspiration from Melbourne’s surrounding landmarks and will link the city to Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct. 

The plans for the project include:
  • a new eastbound lane added to Swan Street Bridge
  • a new pedestrian and cycling path on either side of the bridge, separated from road traffic
  • a new pedestrian crossing on the Alexandra Avenue side of the bridge.
View our artist impressions below.

Image of the Swan Street Bridge

Image of the Swan Street Bridge

View Swan Street Bridge upgrade flyover video (External link)

View Premiers Media Release - Iconic Swan Street Bridge Gets Facelift (External link)

View Minister for Roads and Road Safety Media Release – Design Selected For Revamped Swan Street Bridge (External link) 

Project Background

The iconic Swan Street Bridge is the main east-west Yarra River crossing in the city, giving access to Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct and the Domain Parklands. 

The bridge has two lanes in each direction, one of the eastbound lanes being an exclusive right turn lane for cars heading towards the CityLink toll road. Drivers regularly use the right turn lane incorrectly, merging and overtaking eastbound cars. The bridge also has footpaths on either side of the bridge but there is no allocated bicycle lane across the Swan Street Bridge despite having bicycle lanes on Olympic Boulevard.

Over 30,000 cars cross the bridge every day and during peak periods approximately 60 cyclists per hour use the footpaths. After major events in Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct up to 1300 pedestrians per hour walk over the bridge.

The bridge experiences heavy traffic volume on the Alexandra Avenue approach. The upgrade aims to help traffic flow in an eastbound direction, particularly during the peak periods.

Swan Street Bridge map 

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Know before you go

Find out more about other major road works in Melbourne and detours you can take to avoid them.

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