Beam lifts raise Dandenong South projects to a new level
23 Feb 2021
It was a big week – and an even bigger weekend – for bridge beams in Dandenong South.
A total 39 bridge beams have now been installed across two level crossing removal sites at South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road, bringing faster freight movements one step closer through what is a critical manufacturing hub for Victoria.
At South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South, work is powering ahead to build a new road bridge over the rail line and upgrade the intersection at Princes Highway, removing the level crossing forever.
Over the space of a single weekend, crews worked around the clock to install 17 concrete beams, each weighing in at more than 30 tonnes.
At nearby Greens Road, just 1.7 kilometres away, the level crossing is being removed with a rail bridge over the road. More than 22 massive beams were lifted into place over the course of the week since Tuesday 16 February.
Removing these two level crossings will create significant flow-on benefits to the economy through a key manufacturing heartland, boosting the movement of freight through the area and relieving congestions for a combined 54,000 vehicles per day.
Beam lift at South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South.
Dozens of large-scale logistics and warehouse operations, including Amazon, are based within five kilometres of these crossings.
The Dandenong industrial precinct as a whole is responsible for around 10 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing output and around 60,000 jobs. Melbourne’s south east more broadly provides 90,000 jobs and almost half of Melbourne’s manufacturing.
All of the beams installed for the South Gippsland Highway and Greens Road level crossing removals were pre-cast at Victorian factories by a company called Westkon, which thanks to the pipeline of infrastructure projects have doubled their workforce in recent years.
These works are part of the Victorian Government’s $15 billion investment on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, set to boost peak hour passenger capacity by 45 percent.
The level crossing at South Gippsland Highway is being removed by 2022. The Greens Road level crossing is being removed by 2023 as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, which is duplicating eight kilometres of track and removing the last three level crossings along the line.
Beam lift at Greens Road, Dandenong South.