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Kororoit Creek Road Community Update – September 2017

01 Sep 2017

Start of works at Kororoit Creek Road

Altona Loop commuters are a step closer to greater service reliability as works to remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing begin.

As part of the level crossing removal project, we are also duplicating 800 metres of the Altona Loop to provide space for trains to pass each other. This will improve the reliability of train services through the loop by greatly reducing the chances of delayed or cancelled trains.

Since August our work crews have been on site to:

  • erect fencing and concrete barriers around the work site
  • clear topsoil and prepare temporary roads in and out of the area
  • dig trenches and drill to make room for communications cabling under Kororoit Creek Road.

These early works will prepare the site for construction of the rail bridge.

The majority of our works can be done while the train line and local roads remain open. However, some closures are necessary to carry out work safely.

Boom gates down at the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing

Design benefits

The level crossing removal project at Kororoit Creek Road will include a dual rail bridge design. The bridge will have a low visual profile and be integrated with the surrounding landscape.

Further benefits of the bridge design include:

  • a cladding and screening system which restricts opportunities for vandalism and graffiti
  • increased tree coverage including indigenous planting
  • minimised disruption to rail and road commuters through construction and use of ready-made parts built off-site.

The beams for the bridge will be built at a factory in Kilmore and shipped out to site for installation in mid-2018.

Our engineers will be on hand at future Community Information Sessions to answer any questions you have about the bridge design.

Project engineers speaking with locals at our recent Community Information Session.

Artist's impression of the new elevated rail at Kororoit Creek Road

Community engagement

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Information Sessions and Trader Information Sessions in the lead up to the start of works at Kororoit Creek Road.

We have been talking and listening to the community about the bridge design, our schedule of works, and how we can reduce impacts to the area during construction.

We are also holding regular meetings with our Stakeholder Liaison Group. The group is made up of representatives from different sections of the community and meets to discuss project impacts and aspects of the design such as landscaping.

Project timeline

Date

Phase

November 2015 to December 2016

  • Community consultation

July 2017

  • Site establishment
  • Construction of access and truck routes
  • Preparing the site for construction, including setting up a project office
  • Establish site access from Kororoit Creek Road

August to October 2017

  • Early construction works

October 2017 to April 2018

  • Offline construction works
  • Track works in preparation for major occupation of the rail line
  • Prepare work-site for installation of bridge
  • Early bridge construction works

May to July 2018

  • Main occupation period
  • Works in rail corridor to duplicate rail track and install rail bridge

July to September 2018

  • Pavement works on Kororoit Creek Road and Racecourse Road
  • Landscaping and planting
  • Install lighting

Late September 2018

  • Completion of work
  • Final touches and completion of project

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