Designs released for Progress Street level crossing removal

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Designs for the Progress Street level crossing removal in Dandenong South have been released, showing a widened Fowler Road and improved road connections.

As part of the project, Fowler Road will be extended over Eumemmerring Creek to connect to Progress Street, which will be closed at the level crossing, providing safer access to the South Gippsland Highway.

Informed by community consultation, including with local businesses, the designs will widen Fowler Road and create safer on-street parking, making it easier and safer for all road users.

The project will improve safety and traffic flow, ease congestion and reduce impacts on the transport freight industry in the area.

The project also includes a new signalised intersection for road users turning onto the South Gippsland Highway from Fowler Road, including trucks, to ensure traffic flows smoothly onto the main road.

Traffic assessments show the new bridge and Fowler Road upgrades will safely accommodate all vehicles, including oversized trucks, and provide safer access to South Gippsland Highway.

Closing the Progress Street level crossing is part of a plan to improve traffic flow and connections in the busy industrial area of Greater Dandenong by getting rid of 8 level crossings and building a new bridge over the rail line to remove the dead ends at Remington Drive and Pound Road West.

Major works will start in early 2024, with the level crossing gone for good in 2025, bringing the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines one step closer to being level crossing free.

Together with the Metro Tunnel, this project will create capacity for an additional 121,000 peak hour passengers every week. It will also give people access to 5 new underground stations in Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds.

Level Crossing Removal Progress Street, Dandenong South