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Victoria's Big Build to heat up over winter

20 May, 2020Victoria's Big Build


A three-and-a-half month construction blitz will be undertaken this winter, as work ramps up on major projects across the city and Victorians continue to do their part to slow the spread of coronavirus.

In June, the Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road intersection will close so crews can do four months’ work in five weeks. There will be intermittent lane and ramp closures on the Monash Freeway as part of the Monash Freeway Upgrade, and overnight lane and ramp closures on the M80 Ring Road from Sydney Road to Edgars Road.

There is a full weekend closure of the Princes Freeway planned for mid-to-late June to demolish the old Duncans Road bridge as part of the Duncans Road upgrade. Motorists are advised to be prepared for delays of up to an hour.

A long weekend closure of the Hume Freeway in Epping will also be needed in June to build a new interchange as part of the O’Herns Road upgrade.

The biggest level crossing removal blitz in Victoria’s history will be undertaken with the removal of four level crossings on the Upfield line, two months of construction on the Frankston line and significant level crossing removal works over winter in Lyndhurst, Pakenham, Berwick, Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

Work on the state’s largest road project – North East Link – will mean changes to local traffic conditions along Greensborough Road and Bulleen Road as crews move more than 34 kilometres of gas, water, sewer pipes and drains to pave the way for major construction in 2021.

From early June for up to two years, vehicles travelling on St Kilda Road will no longer be able to turn left into Flinders Street, ensuring pedestrians and road users are safely separated as construction ramps up on Metro Tunnel’s Town Hall Station.

A range of track renewal and maintenance works will take place in the CBD and on the regional train network – on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines. The Sunbury Line Upgrade will also continue in late June with major track, power and platform upgrades to enable more modern trains to run on the line when the Metro Tunnel opens.

West Gate Tunnel works will continue in Melbourne’s west during June and July, with more ramp and overnight closures on the West Gate Freeway and works on Footscray Road to build the piers for the new elevated road.

More than 15,000 workers on Victoria’s Big Build are subject to strict health and safety measures, including changing work practices to reduce staff contact and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

For more information about the massive program of work on Victoria’s transport network, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.

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