The Victorian Government will remove its twentieth dangerous and congested level crossing as part of a massive construction blitz at Frankston.
Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, inspected progress at the Skye/Overton level crossing in Frankston, which will be gone for good in June 2018.
When trains return, the new Frankston Station will be open to passengers and Skye/Overton Road will be level-crossing free.
“By mid-year, this dangerous level crossing will be gone and passengers will be using the new Frankston Station,” Mr Andrews said.
To remove the level crossing, 24 u-shaped viaducts – each bigger than a blue whale and weighing 280 tonnes each – will be transported on a 72m-long truck from a Kilmore factory to the work site in Frankston. The finishing touches will then be made to the precast beams before specialist heavy-lifting machinery jacks them into place.
Due to the sheer size and weight of the beams, the truck will travel at a restricted speed outside of peak hours, with each 31m-long beam to be transported overnight between early April and mid-May 2018.
“It’s exciting to see the project team thinking outside the box with this unique bridge design, which will be part of delivering more trains more often for Frankston line passengers,” Ms Allan said.