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Aviation Road, Laverton community update - February 2019

26 Mar 2019

The Victorian Government is removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Aviation Road in Laverton by building a bridge over the train line. This will make communities safer, and get commuters in Melbourne's west home sooner.

The crossing will be gone for good by early 2020. Work on the foundations of the new road bridge is now complete, and you'll soon see the bridge structure taking shape.

The crew is now beginning to construct the above-ground concrete structures that will support the bridge. Works to relocate underground services and cables are also continuing.

Construction activities will continue in and around the railway line between Laverton and Aircraft stations from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will also be occasions when the construction team will need to work outside of these standard times.

This includes overnight works for three nights late in February and a further three nights in mid-March.

Construction taking place on the retaining wall on the Rail Avenue side of the work site

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Local traders are open as usual during our works, so please continue to support businesses in the area.

From early 2020, the dangerous and congested level crossing at Aviation Road will be gone for good.

What’s coming up?

  • General construction works during the day, including rock breaking, which may cause additional noise and vibration around the work site.
  • Resurfacing several car spaces at Aircraft Station car park (which are currently closed) in preparation for the car park to fully reopen in mid-March.
  • Works to relocate utilities, including electricity, telecommunications and water.
  • From outside of the site, you may start to see the structure being built up.

After-hours works:

In February and March, some works will need to be completed outside of our normal hours of Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. This will include:

  • Overnight works each night on 25, 26 and 27 February and 12, 13 and 14 March.
  • Some early starts, from as early as 4:00 am, to pour concrete.
  • Some Sunday works, with work to occur during the day between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.

There may also be disruptions to rail services on the Werribee line to allow works to be undertaken safely. For timetable information or to plan your journey, please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Cars waiting at Aviation Road level crossing

Traffic disruptions

To ensure road users can move safely through the area, and for the safety of our workers, there will be some off-peak lane closures and 40km/h speed limits around the work zone throughout the project.

Access to local houses and businesses will always be maintained. Please allow for increased travel time as these works progress.

Upcoming impacts to include:

  • The reconfiguration of Maher Road in coming months to allow crews to work on the retaining wall on the north side of the new bridge.
    Traffic will be temporarily diverted through an area closer to the current work site, and concrete barriers will be moved to create a temporary road alignment.
  • Partial overnight closures of Railway Avenue and Maher Road in mid to late February. Further details will be provided to nearby residents and businesses, and local access will be maintained. Throughout the works, you may notice general construction noise and some dust.
    The project team will take steps to keep these to a minimum, including wetting down work areas to prevent dust, and using machinery that is less noisy, wherever possible.

Aviation Road Construction activities during February 2019 map

Construction activities during February 2019

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