Seymour Whyte Wins $30 Million Swan Street Bridge Upgrade.


Seymour Whyte has been awarded the $30 million contract to upgrade the Swan Street Bridge in Melbourne.

The Victorian Government has named Seymour Whyte Constructions the successful tender to upgrade the notorious Swan Street Bridge bottleneck in Melbourne.

The $30 million Swan Street Bridge Upgrade will slash travel times, improve reliability and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Under the new plans, the bridge will become five lanes with an additional lane for eastbound traffic heading towards Richmond.

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 currently has two lanes in each direction and drivers regularly use the right turn lane incorrectly, merging and overtaking eastbound cars. The bridge also has footpaths on either side but there is no allocated bicycle lane across the Swan Street Bridge.

Acting Minister for Roads and Road Safety Philip Dalidakis commented on the project:

Upgrading the Swan Street Bridge will make the journey faster, more reliable and safer for all motorists. Every Victorian knows the frustration of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Swan Street Bridge and we’re getting on with fixing it.”


An artists impression of four-metre-wide separated pedestrian and cycling paths on the Swan Street Bridge An artist impression of four-metre-wide separated pedestrian and cycling paths on the Swan St Bridge. Image Source: The Herald Sun.


The Swan Street Bridge 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 pedestrian and cycling paths on both sides of the bridge separated from road traffic.
  • A new pedestrian crossing on the Alexandra Avenue side of the bridge.

The project will reduce travel times by five minutes for more than 30,000 vehicles that use the Swan Street Bridge every day. The upgrade works will kick off in March following the Moomba Festival (10 - 13 March) and will wrap up by the end of 2017.

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Sources: The Victorian Government, Herald Sun, Vic Roads.
Image Source: Vic Roads.

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