Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority has awarded the $232 million contract to build an elevated rail bridge over High Street in Reservoir, as well as a new Reservoir station.
The John Holland/KBR team that already removed level crossings in Frankston, Essendon and Campbellfield will form an alliance with Metro Trains Melbourne to remove the crossing in Reservoir under the new contract signed this week.
The Reservoir level crossing will be removed by building a rail bridge over High Street and constructing a new Reservoir Station.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority says by elevating the rail line over High Street, direct connections will be created between Edwardes Street and Broadway, and a new public plaza can be built with improved shared user paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
The new station will include above ground platforms with access via lifts and stairs.
Roughly 36,000 vehicles currently travel through the crossing each day, with boom gates closed for 24 minutes during the two-hour morning peak.
Work on the crossing removal started earlier this year, with geotechnical investigations and the relocation of services.
Major construction is due to start in early 2019.