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Swan Street Bridge Revamp

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/iconic-swan-street-bridge-to-be-revamped/

Iconic Swan Street Bridge To Be Revamped

16 June 2016

The Swan Street Bridge has been an icon of Melbourne since it opened in 1952 and it will now receive a facelift with four different architectural and urban design firms submitting their vision for the future of the bridge.

Sally Draper Architects, BKK Architecture, John Wardle Architecture and Watson Architecture & Design have submitted their designs to improve the look and feel of the bridge and surrounding area.  Designs include lighting, viewing platforms and unique architectural features on the barriers of the bridge.

VicRoads will display each of the options so pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and rowers can have their say on the four different options.

We want to hear your thoughts on how designs can work together with surrounding parklands and venues to ensure we provide a safer and more inviting and accessible crossing over the Yarra River.

The Swan Street Bridge is the gateway to Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct linking the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Shrine of Remembrance, Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG.

Public comment is being sought and will close on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. The feedback from the community will be used to finalise the look and feel of the upgraded bridge. Visit http://consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au/swan-street-bridge

The Government is investing $30 million to upgrade Swan Street Bridge, including an additional traffic lane and two new separated shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides.

The upgrade will be complete in late 2017 and will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and provide greater access to Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.

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Can't find the pics that I saw, but the Wardle scheme looked the best from memory.

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Design for Swan Street Bridge by BKK Architects. Images: Courtesy VicRoads

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Design Selected For Revamped Swan Street Bridge

1 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has taken another step towards transforming Swan Street Bridge by selecting an architect for the makeover of the Melbourne icon.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced BKK Architects has been awarded the contract for the architectural design of the bridge.

The Labor Government recently announced $30 million to upgrade the bridge, which will include adding an additional traffic lane and new separated shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides.

BMD, Cut & Fill and Seymour Whyte have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the upgrade with the contract  due to be awarded by the end of 2016 and construction starting in mid 2017.

Linking the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Shrine of Remembrance with Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG, Swan Street Bridge is the gateway to Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct.

The successful design draws inspiration from landmarks including the Arts Centre and the rowers that make their way up and down the Yarra River each morning.

Earlier this year, the Labor Government asked the community to help shape the future of the bridge.

The feedback highlighted the important role the bridge continues to play in Melbourne’s sporting and cultural way of life and the need to address traffic congestion and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the bridge.

Once completed, the upgrade will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and provide greater access to the sports and entertainment precinct.

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Excellent. I'm glad they listened to me.

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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/swan-street-bridge-bottleneck-to-go/

Swan Street Bridge Bottleneck To Go

15 January 2017

Works to remove the notorious Swan Street Bridge bottleneck will be underway within months, with Seymour Whyte Constructions announced today as the successful tenderer for the project.

Acting Premier James Merlino and Acting Minister for Roads and Road Safety Philip Dalidakis announced the $30 million Swan Street Bridge Upgrade that will slash travel times, improve reliability and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The upgrade will include:

• An additional lane in the eastbound direction on Swan Street Bridge and Olympic Boulevard – becoming five traffic lanes

• Two new four metre-wide separated pedestrian and cycling paths on both sides of the Bridge

• A new pedestrian crossing on the Alexandra Avenue side of the Bridge

The community has played an important part in designing the facelift with people invited to share their stories and help design the bridge.

The design draws inspiration from Melbourne’s iconic Arts Centre and the rowers who regularly make their way up and down the Yarra River.

While retaining its iconic arched shape the new design will have a ‘wave-like’ appearance, with fins on the sides of the bridge mimicking how oars look when cutting through the water.

Architectural feature lighting will also light up Swan Street Bridge at night, illuminating the bridge as drivers make their way into the sporting precinct.

Linking the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Shrine of Remembrance with Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG, the Swan Street Bridge is the gateway to Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.

The project will reduce travel times by five minutes for more than 30,000 vehicles that use it every day.

Works on the upgrade will start following the Moomba Festival and will be completed by the end of 2017.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-lane-on-swan-street-bridge-to-slash-c...

New Lane On Swan Street Bridge To Slash Congestion

22 April 2018

Drivers on the Swan Street Bridge will have a faster and less congested journey from today, with the new fifth lane eastbound opening to traffic on the historic Yarra River crossing.

The additional lane will improve traffic flow and slash congestion, shaving up to five minutes off travel times for drivers travelling between City Road and Hoddle Street.

Queue lengths will be reduced along Alexandra Avenue thanks to the new lane, with eastbound traffic now using three lanes over the newly widened bridge.

The new lane will boost capacity over the bridge, giving Richmond-bound traffic its own dedicated lane and reducing frustrating and unsafe queue-jumping from the right turn lane.

Careful and complex work to repair, restore and upgrade the iconic bridge has involved 140,000 work hours, 2000 tonnes of reinforced concrete and 1,600 steel bars to strengthen and boost capacity on Swan Street Bridge.

More than 30,000 vehicles rely on the Swan Street Bridge each day, while hundreds of cyclists use its footpaths during peak hours. After major events in the sports precinct, up to 1,300 pedestrians cross the bridge every hour.

The new shared path on the northern side of the bridge has boosted safety for cyclists and pedestrians since it opened in December 2017, catering for crowds attending events at Melbourne’s sports and entertainment precinct.

Additional pedestrian capacity will be added when the southern shared user path is completed in mid-2018.

Some minor ongoing closures will be undertaken overnight until mid-year to complete the bridge upgrade, allowing crews to install lighting, underground sensors, safety barriers and signalling and undertake final asphalting works.

The Swan Street Bridge upgrade is due for completion in mid-2018, when cycling paths will also be reopened under the bridge and along the Yarra River.

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