Major footpath blitz to spring Melbourne into action

The City of Melbourne is making sure our streets are safer and accessible as more people flock back to the city, ahead of a bumper line-up of spring and summer events and activations.

Council is investing $6.3 million to repair and upgrade footpaths across the municipality.  
More than 4,800m2 of work will take place across some of the most popular areas of the city, including Collins Street, Exhibition Street, La Trobe Street, Queen Street and Lonsdale Street. 
While CBD pedestrian activity in July and August was at 80 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, foot traffic and outdoor dining numbers are expected to boom across the city leading into the festive season. 
The blitz will occur across more than 10 sites, demolishing worn out and unsafe existing asphalt footpaths and replacing them with bluestone pavers. In some locations, new pedestrian access ramps and vehicle crossings will be constructed, and in others the bluestone kerb renewed. 
The blitz is scheduled to commence within the coming weeks, with all works completed by mid-2023. 
Access to residential properties and businesses will be maintained throughout the works, which will be carried out as quickly as possible to minimise disruption for local traders and residents. 
Quotes attributable to Acting Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece 
“This blitz will make our streets sparkle, delivering safer and more accessible paths to ensure Melbourne is in top shape heading into the busiest period of the year.” 
“Footpaths in the CBD are the largest and most used open spaces in Melbourne, with our bluestone pavement an iconic part of the city’s charm and character.” 
“We want to create an inviting city which encourages visitors, workers and students to stay longer, while also providing a safe space for our traders to work.” 
Footpath blitz target sites:

Exhibition Street, between Collins Street and Little Collins Street

La Trobe Street
  • Between Swanston Street and Russell Street (south side)
  • Between Russell Street and Exhibition Street (south side)
Collins Street, between Spencer Street and King Street 
Queen Street
  • Between Flinders Lane and Collins Street
  • Between Collins Street and Little Collins Street (west side)
  • Between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street (west side)
  • Between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane (east side)
Lonsdale Street
  • Between Queen Street and Lonsdale Lane (north side)
  • Between Russell Street and Exhibition Street (south side) 
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