Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street
The City of Melbourne is giving our neighbourhood a facelift – 2.5 hectares of beautiful new green public spaces along Southbank Boulevard and its surrounds!
Commencing on 16 July, construction works will take an estimated 18 months – and while there'll be plenty of long-term benefits to the Melbourne Arts Precinct, there'll also be some short-term impacts to visitors, including temporary road closures, changes/diversions to roads and traffic lights, and changed access to our car park.
So what's this project all about?
City of Melbourne's vision for our neighbourhood is to transform Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street into one of Australia's most pedestrian-friendly places and linking the Domain Parklands to the Yarra River.
After extensive community and stakeholder engagement, construction of the first stage of the project will start Monday 16 July 2018. You can view the interactive Draft Concept Plan here; the plan outlines 10 actions for a new vision for Southbank that will:
Please refer to the City of Melbourne June 2018 construction bulletin for more detailed information.
The City of Melbourne is finalising plans to alter the traffic conditions on Southbank Boulevard. The key changes associated with the project and directly affecting your visit to Arts Centre Melbourne in Stage 1A: 16 July – 21 September 2018 are:
|Impact area||During construction||Once construction completed|
|Sturt Street entry||This will continue to operate as normal with all four entry lanes operational.||This will continue to operate as normal with all four entry lanes operational.|
|Southbank Boulevard exits||
TBC – City of Melbourne still to confirm access from July – September.
Left turn only onto Southbank Boulevard.
|Left turn only onto Southbank Boulevard with all four exit lanes operational.|
|Internal||We're currently working with an external consultant to determine any required changes.||We're currently working with an external consultant to determine any required changes.|
Please ensure you plan your journey and allow extra travel time. Refer to the below table for road access to the Arts Centre Melbourne car park.
|Traffic direction||Route during construction|
|Southbank Boulevard||No access between St Kilda Road and Sturt Street from July – September.|
|North bound on St Kilda Road||A temporary detour via Grant Street and Sturt Street will be implemented.|
|Linlithgow Avenue||Access via City Road and Alexandra Avenue.|
|Sturt Street||Mostly accessible except for a temporary closure between ABC building and Melbourne Recital Centre from 22 – 30 September 2018 (9 days only).|
|City Road||No change.|
|Kavanagh Street||No change.|
City of Melbourne have produced this video outlining changes to road conditions.
Keep checking this web page for up-to-date information on the project timelines, changed traffic conditions and any Arts Centre Melbourne car park changes. We'll keep updating it as more information becomes available.
If you're planning to visit us for an upcoming show, we'll also include a message in the pre-show email that we send to the email you booked your tickets through, which will remind you to check this page for updates to ensure you can have a smooth experience when you visit.
To find out more about the implementation of Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, please contact 9658 9658 or visit www.participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/southbankboulevard.