The Victorian Government has begun a nine-day construction blitz on the Hurstbridge Line as part of the level crossing removal project.
A 37 tonne beam has been craned into place which will form part of the new Grange Road bridge once the rail trench is dug underneath it in early 2018.
During the massive construction blitz, which begin 6 October 2017, over 400 workers will continue duplicating the single section of track in Heidelberg and demolish Rosanna Station to make way for a brand new station that will reopen in March 2018.
Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, said, “The boom gates at Grange Road are down for up to 43 minutes in the morning peak – they’re frustrating, they’re dangerous, and that’s why we’re getting on with removing them.
“The late Fiona Richardson strongly advocated for the notorious Grange Road level crossing to go, and we’re not wasting a minute delivering on her vision for a safer community.”
The works are part of the $395 million Hurstbridge Line Upgrade that is removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna, building a brand new Rosanna Station, and duplicating the single section of track between Heidelberg.
The dangerous Grange Road level crossing will be removed by lowering the Hurstbridge line under Grange Road, while a rail bridge will be built over busy Lower Plenty Road, safely separating trains and cars for the first time.
Work on the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade will be completed by 2019.