In an attempt to ease Hoddle Street’s notoriously bad traffic congestion, the Victorian Government has invested in a $60 million plan that will install four continuous-flow intersections.
In densely populated cities in the US, such as Baton Rouge in Louisiana, Salt Lake City in Utah and San Marcos in Texas, continuous-flow intersections eliminate left and right turns at main junctions. Instead, drivers need to think ahead and prepare to turn 20 metres in advance by choosing dedicated lanes.
“Teaching drivers to learn to use the intersection will be the most difficult part”, says government spokesperson for the Minister for Roads, Sacha Fenton.
Although Fenton admits the dramatic road changes will take some getting used to, she says Victorians are no strangers to major road upgrades.
“VicRoads has run successful campaigns with the Tullamarine freeway, widening the off-ramp to the WestGate Freeway … It’s really about picking your lane, sticking to your lane, and planning ahead,” she says.
Fenton says the upgrades will ease the burden of drivers travelling on Hoddle Street. “It is designed to minimise congestion, so traffic will be allowed to flow more freely, and reduce travel time,” she says.
The Hoddle Street and Swan Street intersection in Richmond will be the first to receive the overhaul, set to commence mid-2017. Brunton Avenue, Johnston Street, and the Eastern Freeway intersections will follow.