We’re upgrading Narre Warren North Road between Fox Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road to improve safety and travel times.

Overview

We’ve conducted a range of environmental investigations including trees, cultural heritage, water quality and soil assessments to help us produce a design that minimises the impact on the surrounding environment.

Environmental assessment

We engaged environmental experts to assess how the project might affect the local environment. They looked at:

  • the variety of plant and animal life within the project area, including protected wildlife and native
    vegetation in the local area
  • the number and type of trees – native and those introduced to the area – that may be impacted by the project
  • soil and water quality, including any existing contamination
  • cultural heritage, including Aboriginal heritage.

The results of these assessments have helped us produce a design that minimises the impact on the surrounding environment. An Environmental Management Framework (EMF) has been developed and contains Environmental Performance Requirements that the project is required to achieve.

Protecting during construction

We’re retaining and protecting as many trees and native vegetation as possible as we build the Narre Warren North Road Upgrade. We’ll do this by:

  • creating ‘tree protection zones’ and ‘no go zones’ to protect trees and sensitive vegetation
  • engaging licensed fauna handlers to identify and safely relocate any wildlife living in trees and vegetation that needs to be removed.
  • designing the project to avoid affecting as many trees and plants as we can.

We’ll work with local community groups to identify opportunities to reuse timber, including using logs to create wildlife habitats. Once we’ve finished major construction, we’ll plant new trees and vegetation.

Troups Creek

The existing Troups Creek culverts were built in 1975, benefiting the area for close to 50 years. To ensure Troups Creek continues to function effectively, we’ll replace and extend the culvert to meet current day standards.

We’ll manage water quality and flow during construction by:

  • developing an environmental management plan that identifies measures to protect retained native vegetation, water quality and flows within Troups Creek
  • regularly measuring water quality
  • implementing sediment controls.

Noise

To manage noise, we’ll assess existing noise levels in the project area to create a baseline. We’ll then perform noise modelling to predict the level of noise impacts on nearby homes and businesses so that we can plan our works to minimise disruption.

Vibration

Our construction methods have been developed to minimise the ground vibration created during work, reducing impacts on homes and businesses in the project area. If you feel vibrations during works, they’re typically well below the levels that would cause changes in the condition of property. We’ll undertake vibration monitoring during high impact construction activated to ensure that our works remain within the prescribed limit.

Property condition surveys

Before we start construction, we offer property owners within close vicinity of the project area a free, independent assessment to document the current condition of their property. While our construction methods are designed to minimise impacts on nearby properties, the survey provides a useful reference should you believe your property has experienced any adverse effects from construction works.

If you have not received a letter and believe you are eligible, please contact us on 1800 105 105 or contact@roadprojects.vic.gov.au

Managing air quality

During construction, there may be an increase in dust. We’ll manage dust by:

  • watering areas where works are occurring
  • having additional water carts on standby during hot and windy weather
  • covering truck loads when travelling on public roads
  • reducing speed limits within the work site
  • installing meters that monitor air quality in real time.
Dust suppression using a water cart

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