Customer: Victorian State Government | Level Crossing Removal Project
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Fast Facts (as at September 2022)
McConnell Dowell is the constructor and leader of the Western Program Alliance, delivering part of the Victorian state government’s ambitious level crossing removal program, which is set to remove 85 level crossings by 2025.
The Alliance brings together the Level Crossing Removal Project, MTM (network operator), and Arup and Mott MacDonald as design partners.
In its first five years, the Alliance successfully completed seven level crossing removals in Melbourne’s western and south eastern suburbs, namely:
- Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North – a rail over road bridge and duplication of 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop
- Abbots Road in Dandenong South – a rail over road bridge in an industrial zone
- Aviation Road in Laverton – a rail over road bridge within a busy shopping precinct
- Werribee Street in Werribee - a rail over road bridge, including the main ARTC freight line
- Cherry Street in Werribee - a road over rail bridge adjacent to the busy shopping centre of Werribee
- Ferguson Street in Williamstown - a lowering of the rail under a busy arterial road and construction of a new station
- Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing - a new road over rail bridge and new station facilities.
See the photo gallery below for pictures of completed projects.
The Alliance is currently removing two more level crossings: one in Deer Park (Mt Derrimut Road) and one in Narre Warren (Webb Street).
With a strong focus on creative ideas and continuous improvement, the Alliance has achieved many innovations including:
- Drone Survey: the use of drones paired with cloud-based sofware, to survey the projects and monitor the team's progress
- Connected Site: a collaboration with technology leader Orange that has seen the “Internet of Things” used on a major infrastructure construction site to deliver increased productivity, reduced costs and enhanced safety outcomes
- Recycled Sleepers: laying 120 recycled plastic sleepers as a trial on the V/Line network - an Australian first for a regional passenger line
- PFAS contaminated soil reuse: Through collaboration with the EPA, the team developed a soil encapsulation and reuse method that avoided off site relocation of the waste, saving 187,000kg of transport related CO2.
- Renewable energy generators: minimising diesel-powered mobile generators for site power by adopting renewables in the form of a ‘mobile renewable generator’. The system was recognised by the Clean Energy Council as an innovation in infrastructure.