Heavy lifting at Hoppers as whole bridge lifted in
03 Aug 2021
In one of the heaviest lifts ever achieved by the level crossing removal program, an entire 250 tonne bridge frame has been lifted into place at Hoppers Crossing Station.
A crew of around thirty workers waited out windy and rainy Melbourne weather on Saturday 31 June to carefully lift the bridge in place overnight, courtesy of a 650 tonne crawler crane.
The bridge will form an important overpass connection across the rail line for pedestrians and cyclists.
Made from 100% Australian steel, the entire steel bridge frame was installed in one piece, having been earlier transported to Hoppers Crossing in sections.
Three big lift shafts were also installed ready to house the elevators that will connect the overpass with station platforms below.
A separate road bridge is also taking shape a Hoppers Crossing, with all concrete spans now in place. It will remove the Old Geelong Road level crossing by separating cars and trains, boosting safety and freeing up traffic for 18,000 vehicles per day.
Construction Manager James Bond described last weekend’s lift as a huge milestone for the project.
“The pedestrian bridge was fabricated in four different segments, which were stitched together with cranes on site, then we also attached the cladding and the roofing, ready to be lifted into position,” he said.
“Personally I’m just really proud of the team. We’ve been planning the lift for some time now – a lot of hard work from the team has gone in to that.”
Mr Bond said after a year out on site his construction team felt like ‘part of the community’ and were looking forward to seeing the final phase of the project unfold.
“Landing the pedestrian bridge today really does mark the start of a busy period over the next few months,” he said.
Located to the east of the current level crossing, the new road bridge will form a direct connection between Princes Highway and Old Geelong Road.
The Old Geelong Road level crossing sits only 350m from Werribee Mercy Hospital, causing delays for staff and patients.