Council supports Bolton Street Design - Option 1

Published on 14 September 2016

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Nillumbik Council has been advocating for many years for improvements to be made to Bolton Street in Eltham and last night Council put its support behind 'Option 1' for the roads improvements, subject to seeing the detailed design.

Approximately 19,000 vehicles use Bolton Street every day.

During the 2014 state election campaign, the Labor government committed to spending $10.5 million to improve the road.

Both Nillumbik and Banyule councils have advocated to VicRoads and the state government to have the road declared as an arterial road given that it is used so heavily and often as a link from suburbs further north to the city.

VicRoads held public consultation sessions in November 2015 and provided two options.

Both options included the installation of a continuous median right turn lane along the length of Bolton Street, a 50km/h speed limit, permanent truck ban, indented parking where appropriate, improved street lighting, low profile speed humps, kerb, channel and improved drainage, three metre wide shared path on the western side of Bolton Street and a 1.5 metre path on the eastern side of Bolton Street.

Council has supported 'Option 1' which also includes pedestrian operated signals near Grand Boulevard, a right turn ban for vehicles exiting Grand Boulevard onto Bolton St, improved access to Sherbourne Road by extending two lanes further south on Bolton Street at Sherbourne Road/Bridge Street intersection and adding an additional signalised left hand turn slip lane from Bolton Street onto Main Road.