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Toolern Creek rail bridge - Works notification - April 2018

In April, works will start on the new Toolern Creek rail bridge, enabling duplicated track to be built from Caroline Springs through to Melton station.

What we are doing

During normal working hours a range of works will be undertaken in this area:

  • Site preparation works including access tracks and fencing within Toolern Creek reserve
  • Geotechnical testing for the bridge foundations
  • Installation of a temporary creek crossing for construction purposes
  • Tree and vegetation removal, including on the banks of the creek
  • Bored piling works for the bridge supports.

A site compound will be established within Toolern Creek reserve, adjacent to Brooklyn Road. This compound will be used to support our works and will contain site offices, amenities, construction materials, machinery and equipment.

Map showing the Toolern Creek works site

Tree and vegetation removal

As previously advised, to preserve as much green space as possible in this valued public area we will only be removing trees where absolutely necessary.

Trees to be removed for the new bridge and tracks include trees on the banks of Toolern Creek, and adjacent to the existing rail line between Toolern Creek and Exford Road.

All trees that will be impacted by our works are assessed by a qualified arborist and wildlife handlers will be present where necessary.

Changes to pedestrian access

The current pedestrian pathway on the western side of the creek will be diverted around the reserve via the level crossing on Exford Road. Due to construction in this area, pedestrian access cannot be maintained along the creek while these activities are taking place.

These changes will take place from early April, and we expect to reinstate pedestrian access by the end of 2018.

What to be aware of

  • Trucks, light vehicles, machinery and workers near level crossings, on local roads and within the rail corridor
  • Low levels of dust are expected to be generated while these works take place. Where necessary, water carts or other approved methods will be used for dust suppression
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • No impacts to existing services to your property are expected
  • Low levels of vibration from bored piling works.

We will minimise the disruption to local residents by using broadband reversing alarms on mobile machinery and equipment where possible.

These alarms are quieter than the standard reversing beepers used on most construction sites. We will also use noise reduced plant and equipment, and schedule noisy works during normal working hours where possible.

Traffic impacts

  • These works will require traffic management changes, including temporary speed reductions along Exford Road, Brooklyn Road and Abey Road.

When

Normal working hours

From April we will be working:

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am – 1pm, Saturday

Works outside of normal working hours are also required within the rail corridor and surrounding areas to ensure the safety of the public and workers. We will notify residents and businesses in advance of these works occurring.

We expect to complete works within the Toolern Creek reserve by early 2019. We will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

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