The Victorian Government has planned major road and rail works for spring under strict safety precautions to support construction jobs.
Works will begin on roads, rail and tram lines over the coming months, with some disruptions slated to have less impact than usual with transport patronage and road use lower than usual.
All construction and maintenance work will operate under a High Risk COVID Safe plan. Workforce numbers have been significantly reduced across Victoria, following directions from the Chief Health Officer.
Work on the West Gate Tunnel will continue with the Millers Road inbound ramps to close for six weeks. This will allow workers to shift and rebuild ramps to widen the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 lanes.
Spring will see work continue on 15 level crossing projects around Melbourne, with work underway on the Upfield Line corridor to build two new stations and remove four level crossings. This will include the Bell Street crossing, which aims to free up an arterial road and ease frustration for the 40,000 drivers who travel across the tracks each day.
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Buses will replace trains between Cranbourne and Dandenong Stations from 8-13 September as work continues on the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, duplicating eight kilometres of track and removing four more level crossings between Cranbourne and Dandenong.
Piling and earthworks are also planned at Eumemmering Creek to allow for critical power and signalling equipment installations along the line, and the relocation of the Greens Road boom gates to prepare for construction of the new rail bridge to accommodate the duplicated track.
Signalling and utility works will commence on the Frankston Line to prepare worksites for the removal of five more level crossings at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach.
A series of overnight closures on the Monash Freeway between the South Gippsland Freeway and Princes Highway to install new overhead lane-use management signs.
Crews will begin to build a bridge over Governor Road and construct new turning lanes to enter and exit the Mordialloc Freeway, as part of ongoing works.
At the same time, crews working on the North East Link will relocate a 2.5-kilometre gas main with night works taking place along Greensborough Road.
All four tunnel boring machines are also currently in action, working to build the Metro Tunnel’s twin nine-kilometre tunnels between Kensington and South Yarra.
The Sunbury Line Upgrade will continue in November with track, power and platform upgrades preparing for more modern trains when the Metro Tunnel opens.
“These critical projects are building a better transport system, while supporting local jobs and Victoria’s economy,” Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
“The safety of our workforce and the community is our priority – we are taking strict precautions to ensure our critical transport infrastructure projects can safely continue under coronavirus restrictions.”