Spring Street gets the treatment

Melbourne’s Spring Street is next on the list of CBD streets to gain new and more attractive bike lane upgrades.

Work was expected to start this week on a number of different measures that will make the route safer for people riding bikes and less confusing for those in cars.

The upgraded bike lanes will provide an important connection between existing major bike lanes on Albert Street, East Melbourne and La Trobe Street through the CBD.

The project is one of a number being undertaken in partnership with the State Government to deliver 40km of new bike lanes across the city.

The existing southbound painted bike lanes will be upgrade to kerbside protected bike lanes between Victoria and Lonsdale Streets.

Northbound, where bikes will continue to share the traffic lane with other vehicles, the city is installing peak period bike lanes and “sharrow” road symbols.

The width of the kerb at the intersection of Spring and Victoria Street will be altered to create more space for the new bike lanes

A short section of road on the east side of Spring Street, just north of Lonsdale Street, will be resurfaced.

And changes will be made to the existing centre-of-the-road parking as well as that on both sides of Spring Street.

A current image of the northern section of Spring Street near Lonsdale Street.

The work will take around four weeks to complete, with the majority of works between 7am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

While the new bike lanes are installed, the existing bike lane and one traffic lane will be closed during the day.

Some night work will be required. A full road closure will be in place while night works take place.

Other projects underway include St Kilda Road along the Domain. Exhibition Street from Bourke Street to Victoria Street is scheduled to start in mid-February while projects in Peel Street, and Whiteman Street/Queensbridge Street, will get underway in March and April respectively.

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