Thompsons Road Lyndhurst Community Update - January 2018
01 Jan 2018
Major works are well underway to upgrade Thompsons Road in Melbourne's south east.
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. The level crossing removal is being delivered by VicRoads on behalf of the Level Crossing Removal Authority.
New bridge taking shape
We are ramping up works for the bridge build on the north side of Thompsons Road, bringing us one step closer to removing the dangerous and congested level crossing for good.
The overpass will take Thompsons Road over the railway line and includes two separate bridges with three lanes each way, as well as a walking and cycling path for local access to Merinda Park Station. By creating two bridges, we can build the overpass in two stages, reducing disruption to road and rail users.
We’ve now completed laying the bridge foundations - a huge milestone for the project - after drilling multiple holes of up to 25 metres deep to provide a stable base for the new bridge.
Supporting Australian manufacturing
Late last year we started building the reinforced retaining wall, designed to hold back earth and support the bridge over the railway line. Almost 16,000 100% Australian-made steel straps were ordered for the soon-to-be 8-metre-high wall. Stretched across the back of numerous concrete panels, the straps will help support 140,000 tonnes of soil.
100% Australian-made steel straps in position
Full steam ahead for bridge beams
We are about to start lifting and placing the bridge beams over the railway line. These beams are the main structure that will help create the new bridge.
Each beam weighs between 45–50 tonnes and is 28 metres long. Due to their sheer size and weight, we will use 250 and 350 tonne cranes to lift them into place. Abutments and concrete columns, which you can now see on-site, will support the beams at each end of the bridge.
We will complete these works in three stages as outlined below:
- first seven beams lifted and placed over the railway line from 25 to 27 January 2018 between 9:00pm and 5:00am each night, with preparation works starting from 7:00pm
- next seven beams lifted and placed on the west side of the bridge during the day from 30 January to 2 February 2018 between 7:00am and 6:00pm
- last seven beams secured to the east side of the bridge from 30 January to 2 February 2018 between 7:00am and 6:00pm.
Construction is well underway on the central span of the new Thompsons Road bridge
Placing steel straps on the northern bridge
Public transport changes
To safely complete these works, buses will replace trains from 8pm each night until the last service from 25 to 27 January between Dandenong Station and Cranbourne Station.
Visit ptv.vic.gov.au to find out more.
Dates are subject to change and other planned or unplanned works may also happen during this period.
During the beam installation, the speed limit on Thompsons Road will be lowered to 40 kilometres per hour. During the night works, only one lane will be open between Lonsdale Crescent and Merinda Park Boulevard. Please allow extra time when planning your journey.
Access to Merinda Park Boulevard and the Merinda Park Station car park from Thompson Road will be closed. We suggest using the alternative route via Evans Road north to Merinda Park Boulevard. Pedestrian access to the train station will remain the same.
Residents may experience some noise from construction equipment and reverse beepers. Our workers are mindful to keep noise to a minimum and manage any impacts.
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.