Cardinia Road bridge now open months ahead of schedule
06 Dec 2020
The dangerous and congested Cardinia Road level crossing is gone for good, with traffic travelling over the new Cardinia Road bridge for the first time on Sunday 6 December.
More than 23,000 vehicles travelled through the Cardinia Road level crossing each day, often held up by boom gates which were down for up to a third of the morning peak. With the new road bridge now open travel times will be reduced and safety enhanced for the growing community and surrounding suburbs.
Construction of the new road bridge over the Pakenham line rapidly took shape in recent months with strong progress allowing the new bridge to open following a final two-week construction blitz – months ahead of the original 2021 completion date.
During the two-week construction blitz crews worked around the clock to get the new Cardinia Road bridge ready for traffic, by connecting the existing Cardinia Road to the bridge, laying asphalt, completing line-marking and installing signage.
Meanwhile other parts of the project remain on track for early completion. Landscaping has started 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 will start early next year. The size of four tennis courts, it is set to become a place for locals to come together, exercise and relax. Final plans were shaped by more than 500 pieces of community feedback. View the final designs for the new open space.