Queen – St Kilda Rd footbridge planned

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A PROPOSAL to build a $5 million footbridge over Queens Road to link St Kilda Road residential and commercial areas with Albert Park has been thrown open to the public.

Residents have until September 2 to comment on the proposal, designed to help pedestrians and cyclists cross the busy road into Albert Park.

There is no pedestrian access to the park along the two-kilometre stretch of Queens Road, which is fenced off between Kings Way and Lakeside Drive.

The structure would replace the temporary footbridge installed each year for the grand prix. The council’s report recommended the bridge, expected to cost $4.2 to $5 million, be built at Hanna Street or Arthur Street because of good public transport links.

The south side of Hanna Street is considered most practical because it is closer to the “mid-point” between signalised crossings at Kings Way and Lakeside Drive.

Arthur Street was also being considered but concerns from residents overlooking the footbridge ramps have been identified as a possible problem. Junction ward councillor John Middleton, who is lobbying for a permanent footbridge over Queens Road, said Arthur Street was the best location for the structure because it provided access to a range of activities.

Port Phillip council plans to seek state government funding for the project if it is approved. Details: visit portphillip.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay


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