Diamond Valley Leader: Daniel Andrews pledges $10.5 million upgrade for Bolton St, Eltham if Labor wins November State Election. Megan Bailey. 2 July 2014
Peak time traffic chaos along Bolton St, Eltham. Pictures: Adam Elwood
Bolton St in Eltham will receive a $10.5 million upgrade if Labor wins the November State Election.
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews visited the street this morning to make the announcement, saying the work would start next year and be completed before the 2018 election.
The upgrade will include road widening and turning lanes between Main Rd and Bridge St.
The gravel edges of the road will also be removed.
Mr Andrews said the road has long been considered one of the area’s most dangerous and congested, and upgrades to existing roads should take priority over new projects such as the East West link.
“Labor is pushing for upgrades to roads you use every day rather than building a tunnel through the centre of Melbourne that you will never use,” Mr Andrews said.
Bolton St carries 18,000 vehicles a day and borders Nillumbik and Banyule councils.
Both councils have long been pushing for VicRoads to take it over as a state road.
Eltham Labor candidate Vicki Ward said the condition of the road was “appalling” and residents she had spoken to described cars running off it and going through fences.
“The Bolton St upgrade has been in the too-hard basket for far too long, local residents have endured open gutters, precarious gravel shoulders and a lack of turning lanes,” she said.
When asked about public transport, Mr Andrews said the State Government should introduce extra peak train services on the Hurstbridge line that it promised in 2010.
He said duplicating the Hurstbridge line would come at a considerable cost.
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