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Boom gates gone for good at Cardinia Road, Pakenham

25 Feb 2021

The lights and bells are a distant memory at Cardinia Road, Pakenham, where last weekend the crews said goodbye to the old boom gates.

The level crossing was removed in December, when traffic began travelling over the new road bridge. The boom gates were left in position until Saturday to minimise disruptions along the Pakenham line.

More than 23,000 vehicles travelled through this level crossing each day, where the boom gates held up traffic for a third of the morning peak.

Since the new road bridge opened in December last year, congestion has been reduced and safety improved for the growing community and surrounding suburbs.

Meanwhile other parts of the project remain on track for competition by the middle of the year. Landscaping is continuing with 38,000 trees, shrubs and grasses to be planted. More than a kilometre of new pedestrian and shared paths will open early next year, connecting residents to Cardinia Road Station, local bus stops and the Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Work on a new community open space under the road bridge is taking shape with the concrete edging around the running track poured, pavement works and installation of lighting and CCTV to commence. The mural on the interior wall of the open space, which was chosen by the community will be painted in the coming weeks.

Final plans were shaped by more than 500 pieces of community feedback. View the final designs for the new open space.

Workers holding and removing boom gate arm from level crossing.

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