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Aviation Road - Community update September 2018

05 Oct 2018

Works ready to take off at Aviation Road

As part of the Victorian Government’s plan to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings, we’re removing the level crossing at Aviation Road.

Contracts have been signed, designs are progressing and construction will begin soon. As announced earlier this year, the Aviation Road level crossing will be removed by building a new road bridge over the Werribee line – the best solution for this site following community consultation, planning and engineering advice.

Rail and road disruptions will be minimised by staging the construction program.

The road bridge, a new walking and cycling path along Maher Road and improvements to the forecourt area will be delivered in Stage One of the project.

Works are expected to start before the end of the year and the level crossing will be removed by early 2020 in Stage One of the project.

The important pedestrian underpass to connect commuters to the nearby Aircraft Station will be completed in Stage Two that will align with level crossing removal works at Werribee and Cherry streets in Werribee. This will reduce the number of rail shutdowns needed on the Werribee line to remove the three level crossings.

The staged approach will allow for trains to continue to run as the Aviation Road bridge takes shape, with temporary rail shutdowns primarily limited to weeknight and weekend closures.

This means no extended periods of buses replacing trains along sections of the Werribee line during Stage One works, while also ensuring that no lengthy closures of Aviation Road are required.

The pedestrian crossing will be upgraded with new gates and paths to improve access and safety until the new underpass is built.

To find out more, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or come to one of our information sessions – more information can be found out about this below.

What we heard earlier this year

From March to April 2018, we asked the community which design elements they would like to see included in the project.

We distributed letters to 5500 properties and emailed more than 2400 subscribers.

We gathered information by:

  • Speaking with more than 180 people
  • In-person feedback 15 station, library, shopping centre and event pop ups
  • The return of 105 feedback forms
  • 2 community drop-in sessions

What you told us

Feedback showed strong community support for the project and that locals are excited for improvements to the area.

The team considered all of these elements when progressing the final design.

We heard the most important design elements to consider are:

  • Creating a well-lit and safe area for the community
  • Blending the new bridge into the existing landscaping
  • Developing safe crossings for all road users
  • Installing public artworks in the area.

New paths and landscaping

Through our consultation with the community, we’ve heard there’s a need for new cycling and walking paths, secure bike storage and improved parking at Aircraft Station.

As part of Stage One works, we’ll install a new walking and cycling path along Maher Road, make improvements to the station entrance area, and plant new trees and shrubs.

When the station access pedestrian underpass is constructed in Stage Two, we will also develop and landscape the new station forecourt area. This will include seating and bicycle hoops.

We also heard that the community would like additional car parking, a shared user path on Railway Avenue and secure bicycle storage. While these items are not currently within the project scope, we are working closely with other transport agencies on future plans for the station precinct.

Here’s what you can expect

With projects of this scale, there will be some noise and vibration impacts. Our teams work hard to keep the disruption to a minimum.

There are rules and guidelines that govern how we undertake our work and we’ll be available around the clock should you have questions.

As part of our early works, we have already started to set up a site compound across from the Laverton Community Hub. Some materials have been delivered to the site and you will notice more activity in the coming months as works ramp up.

During Stage One of construction we will relocate some local services, such as electricity and water to make way for the new bridge. From there, work will begin to build the central concrete column that will support the bridge beams.

To reduce disruptions to local residents, these beams will be built off-site and brought in when needed. Asphalt will be poured on top of these beams to form the road.

We will always keep you informed about work activities and planned disruptions.

Community drop-in sessions

If you would like to view the project designs and find out more about the upcoming construction activities, come along to one of our community drop-in sessions. These events will provide a great opportunity to touch base with the team about the project design and discuss construction in more detail.

When:

  • Sunday 14 October, 2018 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 17 October, 2018 5pm to 8pm

Where:

  • Laverton P-12 College, 91 Bladin Street, Laverton

Drop in anytime, no RSVP required.

Can’t make it to a session?

If you don’t manage to make it to a drop-in event, you can still view the designs and join the conversation online at:your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/aviation

Stakeholder Liaison Group

We are looking for community members to be part of a Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) for the Aviation Road project.

Whether you're a local resident, business operator or community group member, we need your local knowledge and insights to help us understand how our construction activities are affecting the community and to achieve the best outcome for Laverton.

Click here to nominate to join the SLG or contact us on 1800 105 105 if you would like a paper copy of the form

View the print PDF version of this community update PDF, 617 KB

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