Major progress has been made to remove a level crossing on Cardinia Road in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Pakenham.
A temporary road on the eastern side of Cardinia Road was built by the contracted alliance between Metro Trains Melbourne and Fulton Hogan in late 2019.
The road allows traffic to continue to flow through the area while a road bridge is constructed on the western side.
Piling works are also underway for a new road bridge, which involves digging vertically into the ground and filling the holes with concrete to create the foundations for the bridge structure. These works are expected to continue until the end of January.
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Replacing the level crossing with a road bridge aims to deliver improved traffic flow, the opportunity for more train services in the future and improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The boom gates are down at the crossing for up to a third of the morning peak, and by 2026, over 24,000 cars are expected to travel through the crossing daily.
Metro Trains Melbourne and Fulton Hogan were awarded the $80 million Cardinia Road level crossing removal works in October 2019.