A crafty challenge for future bridge builders

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We’re laying the foundations for future engineers, designers and construction workers in Cranbourne!

The Camms Road project team recently enlisted the help of Cranbourne West Primary School students to design and build their own road bridge over an imaginary rail line.

The session was part of the inaugural Build a Bridge school engagement program, with the team running the session to over 250 eager Year 1-3 students.

The activity helps explain why we remove level crossings, how we build a road bridge and gives the students the chance to ask the project team construction-related questions.

The team split the students into smaller groups and used craft materials like cardboard rolls, popsicle sticks, and straws to replicate retaining walls, piles and beams like you would see at a real level crossing removal site.

The project team returned to the school this week to see the bridges the students built and learn about their creative designs. After learning about their creations, the team awarded the little engineers with certificates for taking part in the sessions.

The team received positive feedback from the school principal, teachers and the students after both sessions. The project team will look to continue to run the session at other local schools, providing students a taste of what a future in the construction industry could look like.

Major construction is well underway at nearby Camms Road, with the level crossing set to be removed by 2024 and the new road bridge open to traffic and pedestrians a year ahead of schedule.

The Camms Road Level Crossing Removal Project is being delivered as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade. Construction on 8km of duplicated track between Cranbourne and Dandenong is complete and a new Merinda Park Station is open to passengers.

Level Crossing Removal