The boom gates at the Buckley Street level crossing in Essendon are now gone, in the midst of a 52-day construction blitz where construction workers are:
- building the rail support structures for the elevated rail line
- excavating and building the new road underpass
- constructing the new service roads
- upgrading pedestrian underpasses.
Around 11,000 vehicles use Buckley Street each day, with boom gates often down for up to 78 minutes during morning peak.
The new road underpass to traffic is set to open by Sunday 30 September, with trains running on the rail line above.