Major contractor completes Hoddle Street upgrades

Image by Fulton Hogan

The streamlining Hoddle Street project is now complete, after Fulton Hogan was awarded the construction contract in 2018.

The intersection was upgraded to improve traffic flow along Punt Road in Richmond, improvements included the launch of a continuous flow intersection.

The main works included delivering new and upgraded pedestrian paths and crossings, dedicated cycle lanes on Olympic Boulevard and improvements to tram and bus facilities. 

Throughout the project traffic signals needed to be operational at all times across four intersections. The team installed new infrastructure and ensured it was functional before removing the old redundant system.

The team worked over a 220kV cable to construct the new raised walkway under the Punt Road rail bridge. The cable runs underground (north to south) near the project.

Being only one of three locations in Australia with an underground cable of this magnitude, if damaged, it would impact approximately 250,000 houses across the eastern side of metropolitan Melbourne.

Safety initiatives were implemented such as the use of body cameras for Traffic Controllers and Portable Traffic Booms during the tram occupation to help protect our people, equipment and the general public.

The project peaked at 80 workers and 28 staff and received positive feedback from the Senior Executive Team at Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV).

Brendan Pauwels, Program Director MRPV said the full closure of Swan Street was planned meticulously.

“The team executed the plan beautifully. Especially coming off the back of a full road closure on Olympic Boulevard earlier this year, and the launch of Victoria’s first Continuous Flow Intersection in March,” he said.

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