Permanent clearways announced by the State Government for Hoddle Street, complementing those operating on Punt Road, are the latest move to improve traffic flow in the important north-south transport corridor.
The project will see the last on-street parking removed from traffic lanes, enabling the completion of the northbound bus lanes used by Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) services. Some indented parking bays will remain, clear of bus and traffic lanes. VicRoads reports that 1000 buses use Hoddle Street each day.
The government announcement also includes details of changes to the Hoddle Street and Johnston Street intersection, and the Punt Road and Swan Street intersection.
At Johnston Street, right turns from Hoddle Street will be banned. Instead motorists will drive past Johnston Street, make a U-turn at new signalised intersections, and then make a left turn into Johnston Street. This is for traffic in both directions.
At Swan Street, the State Government is going ahead with its trial of aspects of what is called a ‘continuous flow’ intersection. This is a challenging, busy location for pedestrians, trams, bicycles and motor vehicles, as well as large-event crowds and tourists. RACV says that if the proposal is to succeed it will require a sustained effort to inform drivers about the unusual turn arrangements, and clear and effective direction signage.
The implementation of clearways requires community consultation. You can find more information and say whether you support or object to the proposed clearways at bit.ly/hoddleclearways.