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Thompsons Road Community Update – April 2018

18 Mar 2018

The project includes the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Thompsons Road, Lyndhurst, near Merinda Park Station, as well as construction of extra lanes between Dandenong-Frankston Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road.

Our construction team recently celebrated a huge milestone for the project. We successfully installed 21 precast beams across the northern side of the new Thompsons Road bridge. Weighing between 45 and 50 tonnes and up to 28 metres in length, each beam was lifted into place by 350 tonne and 250 tonne cranes. The new northern bridge will provide three traffic lanes, new paths and improved lighting for pedestrians and cyclists. It will provide better connections to Merinda Park Station and enable the removal of the dangerous and congested Thompsons Road level crossing.

Watch the bridge installation and learn more about the project:

Supporting local jobs

Where possible, we try to support local workers.

Last month, we poured around 340 cubic metres – four swimming pools worth – of concrete on top of the new bridge beams to begin forming the deck. This concrete has been sourced from Cranbourne. Supporting local jobs is another way Victorians benefit from level crossing removals.

What’s next?

We are on track to complete the north side of the Thompsons Road bridge by mid-2018.

Over the next couple of months, you will see us continuing to build the bridge – placing barriers, handrails and anti-throw screens, marking road lines and upgrading pavement, footpath and road surfaces. You will also continue to see heavy machinery and you may notice some noise, vibration and dust. The project’s Environmental team will manage these impacts and ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum. Once completed, traffic will be moved onto this first bridge and go over the railway, allowing the second bridge to be built.

Upcoming disruptions

Evans Road is temporarily closed between the roundabout at Thompsons Road and Boland Drive until early July 2018. Please allow extra time for your travels. Victoria is currently in a transport construction boom with 29 major road and rail projects being built. Victoria's Big Build website provides information about travel disruptions for the major projects. For more information, visit https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/

Meet Neil, our mobile crane operator

Neil, the mobile crane operator on the Thompsons Road level crossing removal project

What's your job?

I'm an Open Ticket Crane Operator and Advanced Rigger Scaffolder.The majority of my days are spent operating mobile cranes.

What's one thing people may be interested to know about your job?

People passing by don’t always comprehend the amount of work that goes into these projects. From the engineering design through to completion there is just so much involved.

What's the best part about your job?

Interacting with the work crew on these projects is great and obviously we get to build some really interesting things.

How does safety play a role in what you do?

Safety is so important in everything we do. From the little things to installing huge bridge beams, everyone has to be on the same page for the whole project to come together. Positive communication and interactions with other work groups is essential for getting things done safely.

How did you find the recent bridge beam installation?

It was a very delicate operation with a huge amount of planning and safety going into it. Over the week we went from a couple of ramp abutments and piers to installing the full base of the bridge. It’s weeks like those when you can really see the magnitude of the project we are working on.

Shop local to support traders

We have been working with traders to ensure the community still has access to shops during works. We also encourage our workers to shop local.

Have a question?

Call: 1800 807 561

Email: ThompsonsRoadUpgrade@bmd.com.au

Subscribe: levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/subscribe

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