South Gippsland Highway level crossing to go months ahead of schedule
20 May 2021
One of Australia’s busiest manufacturing regions will soon benefit from less congestion and free-flowing freight routes, with the South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South level crossing to be removed months ahead of schedule and a new road bridge opening in August this year.
With boom gates down for a up to third of the morning peak, the newly constructed road bridge and intersection with Princes Highway will improve safety and cut travel times for the 31,000 drivers who are held up at one of Melbourne’s busiest level crossings each day.
As well as improving traffic flow, removing the level crossing will also allow for more trains to run on the Pakenham line in the future.
Construction teams are gearing up for a 22 day road closure from Friday 16 July to Friday 6 August, with detours in place via Frankston-Dandenong Road and the Dandenong Bypass.
During the closure, crews will work around the clock to connect the new road bridge to South Gippsland Highway and put the finishing touches on the new intersection with Princes Highway. This allows the new bridge to open ahead of schedule and removes the dangerous and congested level crossing for good.
The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident and four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past ten years. The level crossing nearby was the site of four collisions and more than 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015.
Works continue on a new shared use path that will create a vital connection between Princes Highway and Dandenong South Trail for pedestrians and cyclists.
Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, with 22 sites currently in construction. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks.