Major construction progressing at South Gippsland Highway
08 Oct 2020
Faster freight movements in the manufacturing heart of Victoria are a step closer, with major works now underway to remove the dangerous and congested South Gippsland Highway level crossing in Dandenong South.
The level crossing is being removed by building a new road bridge over the Pakenham line. A new signalised intersection at South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway will replace the existing intersection, improving safety and traffic flow.
Melbourne’s south-east is one of Australia’s busiest manufacturing regions, which means that good freight connections are critical. Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight networks in the area, supporting the local economy and jobs.
We’re building the new road bridge parallel to South Gippsland Highway to keep traffic moving throughout construction. This design minimises closures of the Pakenham line and is up to a year faster to construct.
New walking and cycling connections will create safer and easier access to local businesses and services in the area, while a new shared use path will provide a vital link to the Dandenong South Trail for pedestrians and cyclists.
Since August, a 120-tonne piling rig has been driving 33 piles into the ground, creating the base of the new road bridge. Each pile is 24 metres deep and filled with 21 cubic metres of reinforced concrete.
Over the coming months, two seven-metre tall abutments will be built on either side of the rail line, forming the foundations of the new road bridge. Later this year, the new road bridge will start to take shape when we begin installation of 750 retaining wall panels on either side of the abutments, which will support about 30 Olympic swimming pools worth of soil.
Works to remove the South Gippsland Highway level crossing are due to be completed by 2022.
This level crossing is one of 17 dangerous level crossings being removed by the Victorian Government as part of a $16 billion investment to upgrade the Pakenham line that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.