A construction blitz is set to get underway in Melbourne’s north as the $600 million Mernda Rail Extension project ramps up over winter.
Excellent progress due to smart design decisions, great workers on site, community support and good weather means the project is six months ahead of schedule.
Construction activity is now ramping up across the eight-kilometre project corridor, with more than 700 workers on site between South Morang and Mernda.
As part of the blitz, the community can expect to see some works undertaken outside of the usual working hours – evenings and weekends – to fast track critical elements of the project ahead of winter.
Key works to be undertaken around the clock over May and June include:
- Completion of the Plenty Road rail underpass
- Installation of signalling, electrical systems and rail track from South Morang to Mernda
- Construction of the new Lakes Boulevard pedestrian overpass.
To manage community disruption, noisier works such as rock breaking and excavation will be prioritised to daytime hours. Lower impact works involving hand tools and smaller crews of workers will be completed out of hours.
The project is building eight kilometres of new rail line between South Morang and Mernda and three new state-of-the-art stations at Middle Gorge, Hawkstowe and Mernda.