Major construction kicks off at the Gap Road level crossing
Major construction will kick off from later this month to remove Sunbury’s dangerous and congested Gap Road level crossing.
The Gap Road level crossing will be replaced with a new rail bridge and a road underpass on Gap Road/Station Street, including a new shared user path on both sides of the road to provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists.
From late September the project will begin driving hundreds of piles 13m into the ground to support the new rail bridge and retaining walls for the lowered road.
The major works contract has been awarded to the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) – comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors, AECOM and Metro Trains Melbourne.
RIA is also delivering major works on the Metro Tunnel Project at the eastern and western tunnel entrances, as well as the Sunbury Line Upgrade and early works for the Gap Road level crossing removal.
Early works for the project began earlier this year, with workers digging alongside Gap Road and Station Street to relocate underground utility services, making way for the start of major construction.
Artist’s impressions of the final designs have also been released, showing bridge supports originally planned to be built between the footpath and road have been removed to improve visibility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
Construction of the rail bridge will start in 2022, followed by excavation of the roadway.
The project will free up Sunbury’s worst traffic bottleneck two years earlier than first planned, with the level crossing gone for good and the road re-opened to traffic by the end of 2022 and all work completed in 2023.