The $98 million South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South level crossing removal contract has been awarded.
With the construction contract signed for the Fulton Hogan and Metro Trains Melbourne joint venture, early works are set to begin soon.
Major construction is anticipated for mid-2020, with expected completion for 2022.
This is one of 17 level crossings being removed on the Pakenham Line. It will be removed by building a road bridge over the rail line.
The design has now also been chosen and is expected to provide significant benefits including improved pedestrian connections and access to important local services.
Site establishment on South Gippsland Highway, underground services relocation and preliminary road works to prepare for traffic changes will take place as part of the early works.
In the middle of the year, major works will construct the new road bridge and replace the intersection at South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway with a fully signalised T-intersection.
The joint venture chosen are already removing level crossings at Clyde Road in Berwick, Evans Road in Lyndhurst and Cardinia Road in Pakenham.
In total the state government is aiming to remove 75 level crossings with 34 already removed.