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Seaford Road, Seaford community update - July 2018

03 Jul 2018

June has been a busy month along the Frankston line, with construction taking place on the Seaford Road and the Skye/Overton Road level crossings and works starting on the new Frankston train station.

In Seaford, piling works were completed, strengthening the ground for the rail embankments and bridge supports. In addition, work constructing the embankments started and underground utility relocations continued.

After a six-week shutdown, trains are back up and running. Trains are now using the newly constructed temporary tracks as they pass through the Seaford Road level crossing.

The temporary tracks will be in operation for the next few months while we get on with building the new rail line.

The Skye/Overton Road level crossing was also officially reopened to traffic on 23 June 2018.

We thank you for your patience as works progress and will continue to work with residents to manage construction impacts.

Construction on the level crossing at Seaford Road, Seaford

What’s next?

With piling works completed, July will see work on the embankments progress. Once complete, the embankments will help to improve the appearance of the rail line, reducing the use of hard concrete structures.

At the end of July, the first of the u-trough beams will be lifted into place. The u-troughs will form the sections of the rail bridge over Seaford Road and the pedestrian walkway that links R F Miles Reserve to Railway Parade.

Utility relocations will continue throughout July around the level crossing area, which will mean some localised lane closures.

Throughout July, turning into Fortescue Avenue to/from Seaford Road will occasionally not be allowed during off peak hours for the works.

All road users are asked to follow the on-road signage and be alert for traffic changes.  Any interruptions to services will be communicated to you by your utility provider.

Building the embankments

You might notice something unique about the embankment construction. We are using what we call earth-reinforced baskets. This will enable the embankment wall to be built adjacent to the temporary rail line. Once the temporary rail line has been removed, the wall will be backfilled to complete the embankments.

In total, 20,000 cubic metres of earth will be used to form the embankments. Around 50 percent of this is being sourced from local quarries and the remainder will be recycled from already excavated soil on the construction site.

Once construction works are completed, the embankments will be landscaped, keeping with the local character of the area. Be sure to have your say on the type of vegetation you’d like to see. Read on for details on the Seaford revitalisation survey.

Recycling

In addition to soil, we are recycling other materials across the project where we can. The temporary rail line has been built using the original tracks and around 6,000 tonnes of ballast from the original rail line. Once the temporary rail line is removed, these materials will be stored and reused on our other projects.

Mulch produced from tree and vegetation removal will be used as part of the landscaping of the embankments and surrounds. We are also recycling other materials such as steel, timber, glass and concrete.

Plenty of waste comes from our busy level crossing removal sites – and LXRA is helping social enterprise Outlook in its mission to bring dignity, empowerment and choice to workers who otherwise struggle to find supportive workplaces.

Outlook Waste Management will manage all waste from the projects at Carrum and Seaford. The workers will remove and recycle waste from old sleepers, plastic tubing and concrete to drink cans, food scraps and cardboard every day. The materials are sorted manually by workers who have a disability, early school-leavers, the long-term jobless, and/or refugees.

Frankston Freeway worksite

To allow for site preparation works for the new Kananook Train Storage Facility, we will be setting up a safe work zone on the Frankston Freeway between the Dandenong Road entry ramp and the Klauer Street bridge. This will allow the construction team to safely access the rail corridor over the next 18 months.

You will notice concrete barriers in the emergency lane for approximately 1.2km and a reduced speed limit of 80km per hour. Please be aware of changed traffic conditions and follow on-road signage to ensure the safety of our workers and road users.

Revitalisation survey

In addition to the removal of the level crossing, Seaford will benefit from a $10m package of revitalisation works. Now is the opportunity to build on the feedback we have already received and have your say about how the area will look once the Seaford Road level crossing is removed.

If you haven’t already had a chance, we want to hear your thoughts on landscaping and vegetation, community spaces and play areas, as well as the types of finishes and materials you’d like to see. Head to your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/seaford by Sunday 8 July to complete the survey.

Site briefings

We are holding regular site briefings for the community to hear from our engineers about how the project is progressing, and to find out what’s next on the timeline. Sign up to our email updates through our website to be kept informed of upcoming briefings.

Project timeline

DateProgress

April/May 2018

  • Temporary rail line built
  • Site preparation works

Late May 2018

  • Construction works start to remove the level crossing

July 2018

  • Community site briefings

Late 2018

  • Level crossing removed

Mid 2019

  • Construction of the Kananook Train Storage
  • Facility starts

Late 2020

  • Kananook Train Storage
  • Facility complete

* Please note that the timeline above  is subject to change.

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