In late May crews worked around the clock at the Evans Road level crossing in Lyndhurst to install seven giant bridge beams.
Metro Trains Melbourne and Fulton Hogan worked to safely place each beam weighing 70 tonnes and spanning 32 metres.
The beams will form a new road bridge over the Cranbourne line, helping to reconnect fast-growing communities in Melbourne’s south-east.
The bridge beams were made in Kilmore and were delivered to site overnight by trucks travelling via the Hume Freeway, Metropolitan Ring Road, Western Ring Road, West Gate Freeway, CityLink and the Monash Freeway.
Designs for Evans Road included a road bridge, increased planting around retaining walls, barrier installation on the west side of the bridge and a shared walking and cycling path.
Evans Road level crossing was originally closed in 2005. This move divided the communities of Lyndhurst, Lynbrook and Cranbourne West. Locals reported road users taking huge risks to access the other side of the rail line to avoid lengthy detours after the crossing’s closure.
The reopening of Evans Road will restore a vital road connection for commuters and residents in south eastern communities.
The Victorian Government is removing 75 level crossings, with 35 already gone for good, and the Cranbourne line become the first level crossing-free line in the state. The Evans Road level crossing will be removed this year.
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