22 December 2017

Core drilling at the Buckley Street level crossing removal site

Preparations have begun for next year’s removal of the dangerous and congested Buckley Street level crossing.

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) engineers set up a geotechnical rig near the crossing last Friday (15 December 2017) to further explore ground conditions before major construction of the new road underpass begins in 2018.

The drill rig allowed engineers to bore holes up to 25 metres deep, from which they were able to collect a variety of rock and soil samples from for analysis.

Work took place either side of Essendon Station tracks, between Carlyle and Sherbourne streets. Crews will begin to relocate underground utility services, such as gas lines and sewers, early next year.

Engineers are putting the finishing touches to the road underpass design, to present to the community in early 2018, when the contract will be awarded for the project.

LXRA will continue to keep the community, and road and public transport users, informed as the project progresses.

Buckley Street is a main road in Melbourne’s inner north-west, connecting Keilor and Avondale Heights in the west with Mount Alexander Road in the east.

The boom gates are down about 78 minutes during the morning peak, causing congestion, frustration and potential danger for the 11,000 vehicles that use it each day. The boom gates will be gone in 2018.