Halfway there: roads reopen during construction blitz in Cheltenham and Mentone
25 Jun 2020
Victoria’s biggest ever level crossing removal construction blitz is halfway complete in Cheltenham and Mentone. The 64-day rail shutdown kicked off on Saturday 23 May to remove three level crossings and construct two brand new stations. Over the past month, up to 1700 people have worked round the clock to remove boom gates at the three level crossings and rebuild the roads at Balcombe Road in Mentone and Charman and Park roads in Cheltenham.
More than 180 big machines will be on-site including a whopping 750-tonne crane, the largest mobile crane in Australia.
Over 50 trucks were used every hour to cart away over 200,000 cubic metres of soil. More than 6,800 tonnes of steel reinforcing and 15,000 cubic metres of concrete has been poured so far.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue reinforcing the trench walls and constructing the station buildings and platforms. Crews have started laying ballast to prepare for the new rail tracks, as well as kicking off essential rail signalling and overhead wire works.
Trains will resume on the Frankston line on Monday 27 July, with the new Mentone Station set to open on Friday 3 August and Cheltenham Station on Monday 17 August.
- At Mentone twelve 30 tonne ‘Super T’ beams were put in place to make up the station concourse.
- At Cheltenham twenty-four 60 tonne ‘Super T’ beams were put in place to make up the station concourse.
- More than 400 concrete planks, each weighing 12 tonnes, were put in place for the roads in Cheltenham and Mentone.
- More than 6,800 tonnes of steel reinforcing has been used so far.
- More than 15,000 cubic metres of concrete has been poured so far.
- Laying ballast has now started, with about 25,000 tonnes of ballast to be used.
- 480 tonnes of rail and more than 20km of overhead wires still to come.