New Bell Street Bridge Opens
The new Bell Street Bridge is open to traffic, providing a safer and less congested connection to Strathmore and the CityLink Tullamarine Freeway.
Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced the opening of the new bridge – part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.3 billion CityLink Tulla Widening Project.
The bridge gives drivers a smoother and safer run to Pascoe Vale Road, by providing a dedicated local connection and removing a dangerous blind-side merge.
The existing bridge will be turned into an outbound entry ramp to the CityLink Tullamarine Freeway, with an extra lane being added over the coming months to reduce congestion on Bell Street.
Ramp signals will be installed on the upgraded entry ramp to improve traffic flow and make it safer to merge onto the freeway.
The new 275-metre bridge opened to pedestrians and cyclists last weekend, with a shared use path providing a safer connection to Pascoe Vale Road and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail
Works at the Bell Street interchange will continue until late 2017.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“These upgrades will reduce congestion on Bell Street and improve traffic flow on the Tulla – getting people to where they want to go sooner and safer.”
“The new bridge gives locals a safer connection from Bell Street to Pascoe Vale Road, removing a dangerous blind-side merge.”