Crews will begin work this week on Elizabeth Street in Melbourne CBD to deliver more space for pedestrians and create a more appealing streetscape.
The southbound traffic lane will be closed and the roadway on the eastern side of Elizabeth Street, between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane will be turned into a pedestrian walkway.
Early works have begun to remove street furniture in preparation for construction.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the project would create 10 jobs now and deliver a more attractive and functional streetscape for years to come.
“After a number of hurdles on this project last year we are pleased to announce the start of works on the southern end of Elizabeth Street,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We are creating an enhanced space for our city residents, workers and visitors to safely access nearby public transport and shops while maintaining physical distance. There will be new trees and greenery, new street furniture, lights and bluestone paving.”
The Lord Mayor said it was important to deliver more space for pedestrians to improve safety and create a more appealing space for residents, workers and shoppers.
“The Elizabeth Street intersection with Flinders Street was one of our busiest pedestrian intersections before the lockdown, with up to 10,000 people crossing the area every hour during the morning peak,” the Lord Mayor said.
As a result of construction the pedestrian area on Elizabeth Street will increase by 400 square metres.
The Elizabeth Street Streetscape Improvement works are being delivered by the City of Melbourne as part of its contribution to the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund, which is a partnership with the Victorian Government.