The Victorian State Government has confirmed significant road works and maintenance, as well as level crossing removals will continue over Autumn 2020.
Victorian Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allen, said, “We’ve got nearly 120 major road and rail projects on the go across the state and this autumn we’ll ramp up works on some of the biggest of them.
“I thank passengers and motorists for their patience while we get this critical work done and encourage them to plan ahead.”
The dangerous and congested level crossing at Toorak Road will be gone for good six months ahead of schedule after nine days of intensive construction over the April school holidays.
Major works to continue in Cheltenham and Mentone with buses replacing trains from 20 to 27 March to prepare for two month construction blitz starting on 23 May, which will see three level crossings gone for good and two new stations built. There will also be station closures and road closures in the area throughout this time.
From 20 July, a three month construction blitz will begin on the Upfield line to elevate the tracks, build two new modern stations and remove four level crossings – including the notorious Bell Street crossing, which frustrates more than 40,000 drivers that use the level crossing each weekday.
Ongoing excavation to build an underground pedestrian connection between Flinders Street Station and the new Town Hall Station in the Metro Tunnel will impact trams on Flinders Streets in March, and buses replace trains on the Sunbury line in March for Sunbury Line Upgrade works.
Works will also continue throughout Autumn on big road projects across Melbourne.
There will be closures on West Gate Freeway ramps over the school holidays to carry out a range of West Gate Tunnel works, as well as overnight closures of the West Gate Freeway to prepare for widening works.
Major work will start on Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway upgrade in Autumn, which will deliver 36km of new lanes and cut nine minutes off the trip between Pakenham and Malvern in the morning peak.
These works will result in a range of overnight lane and ramp closures and speed reductions until the project is complete in 2022.
There will also be intensive work on the Western Roads Upgrade that will improve roads in Werribee and Laverton, and early works will begin on the Mordialloc Freeway upgrade which will mean closures along Old Dandenong Road and Lower Dandenong Road during April.
Essential maintenance will be carried out across all modes of Victoria’s public transport network in April.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, is confident the works will benefit Victorians.
“It’s vital we continue to invest in the infrastructure that we all use to get us where we need to go. The work we’re doing in Autumn will ensure everyone gets home safer and more reliably,” Minister Horne said.