St Kilda Road undergoes its major lap band surgery tomorrow when the grand, broad boulevard gets cuts down to two lanes of motor traffic – one each way – for the construction of the new Anzac Station at Domain.
Bike lanes will be retained, although riders will need to be alert to side effects as drivers adjust to the road diet.
Motorists have been advised to allow another 15 minutes for their trip.
The time for bike riders is expected to be about the same as usual, although the bike lanes could become more congested as commuters switch to bicycles.
There was an opportunity for new bikes to be fitted to St Kilda Road this year in order to help ease the squeeze, but it appears that indecision by Premier Daniel Andrews has brought the project to a standstill.
St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road while Domain Road will remain closed from St Kilda Road to the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval for approximately four years.
It won’t be long before bike riders will be diverted around the station site in temporary lanes, although these moves are considered to be not too invasive.
This month road realignment works will take place to prepare for the temporary diversion of road track, trams and cyclists around the Anzac Station construction site.
These works include:
- Kerb modifications and line markings on St Kilda Road at Government House Drive and Dorcas Street (southbound).
- Installation of concrete barriers, plastic barriers and site fencing to reduce St Kilda Road to one lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West Road
- Profiling to remove the road surface
- Earthworks to construct a new alignment for St Kilda Road.
Some 42 trees on the east side of Albert Road Reserve, and on the southbound side of St Kilda Road between Domain Road and Bromby Street will be removed.
Preliminary works for the temporary diversion of trams around the Anzac Station construction site will be taking place as well as drainage and sewer works nearby.