Swan Street Bridge upgrade

We're upgrading Swan Street Bridge to help traffic flow, improve safety and enhance accessibility for locals and visitors to Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.

Project update - January 2017

Works on the upgrade will start in March 2017 following the Moomba Festival, with Seymour Whyte Constructions awarded the contract to revamp the iconic bridge.

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

We'll give further updates closer to the start of construction.

Project details

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

View a larger version of the map

Contact us

To find out more about this project, get in touch with the Metropolitan Projects team.

Call: (03) 8572 7901
Email: SwanStreetBridge@roads.vic.gov.au
Write: The Project Director, VicRoads Metropolitan Projects – Western, Ground Floor, 1 McNab Avenue, Footscray, VIC 3011.

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