Laverton Community Update – September 2016
14 Sep 2016
The Victorian Government established the Level Crossing Removal Authority to remove 50 of Melbourne's most dangerous and congested level crossings.
Aviation Road in Laverton is one of the 50 selected to be removed and we will be undertaking early site investigations in the area from September 2016.
Why are we removing the boom gates?
As Melbourne continues to grow, we need to ensure our road and rail infrastructure can meet the extra demand while also improving existing safety and congestion issues many of us face in our daily commute.
The removal of 50 dangerous level crossings across Melbourne will help ease congestion on our roads while also accommodating future service upgrades to our metro train network.
This means improved traffic flow on our roads, the opportunity for more train services in the future and improved safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The project will also create thousands of jobs during construction.
Boom gates disrupt the flow of the 7,000 vehicles that drive through the Aviation Road level crossing daily.
What we will be doing
We will be undertaking an initial assessment of the different removal options through site investigations, including service proving and geotechnical investigations.
All work will be carried out during the day and is unlikely to be disruptive to the local community, though some of this work may require minor disruptions to traffic on Point Cook Road, Triholm Avenue, Aviation Road, Maher Road and surrounding streets. Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Early site investigations
Early site investigations are an important part of the planning process. The information gathered will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities at a particular site and will help inform the design process.
Geotechnical investigations involve drilling boreholes at different locations in proximity to the level crossing to determine ground conditions and ground water levels. This will require the use of a drilling rig and vehicles and will lead to some noise during the drilling activities. Any ground disturbance will be reinstated to its original condition.
Service proving works involve a team carrying out scanning activities on the footpath, nature strip and road pavement in the area to identify the depth and position of underground services, such as electrical, telecommunications, gas or water pipes. A vacuum truck may be used during this process to safely uncover critical underground services.
Environmental and cultural heritage studies
Environmental and cultural heritage studies involve desktop and field surveys to establish if there are any areas of environmental or cultural heritage significance in the area.
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