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ENOUGH earth to fill the bottom two tiers of the MCG will be dug out from under the McKinnon, Bentleigh and Ormond level crossings as intensive excavating work begins later this month.
The mammoth task, for 1000 people working around the clock, begins on June 24 as the Frankston railway line shuts for 37 days.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority estimates 150 tipper trucks will leave the excavation sites each hour as 500,000 tonnes of earth is moved to a Heatherton tip between June 24 and July 4.
LXRA acting project director Brad Smits said a “short term stockpile area” would be set up at the E.E Gunn Reserve, Ormond, to speed up the disposal of the earth.
“(The stockpiled earth) will be progressively removed after approximately seven days as the earthworks begin to decrease,” Mr Smits said.
Construction crews have been working since February to build the roof and walls of the underground railway line. The space will be tunnelled out during the shutdown of the railway line between June 24 and July 31.
Excavation works continue at Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon. Picture: Paul LoughnanMcKinnon station will open on August 1 while Bentleigh and Ormond stations will open by August 31.
During shutdown, between Caulfield and Moorabbin stations, construction crews will lower tracks 7m underground at the Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon stations.
About 20,000sq m of concrete will be poured to rebuild the stations underground and new signalling equipment will also be installed.
Some streets will be turned one-way as trucks haul earth to the Landtrak site on Old Dandenong Rd, most likely via the Dingley Bypass. Tippers will avoid right hand turns, where possible, to limit traffic disruption.
More than 1000 people are working on the level crossing removal sites at Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon. Picture: Paul LoughnanMr Smits said a crew of 1000 will work around the clock to condense 94 standard working days into 37.
He said the LXRA was considering setting up a viewing platform for the public at one of the three level crossings during the rail shut down.
“On behalf of the project team we’d like to thank the community for their patience and support,” Mr Smits said.
An artist’s impression of how McKinnon station will look when it is finished.
An artist’s impression of how Ormond station will look when it is finished.
An artist’s impression on how Bentleigh station will look when it is finished.Community information sessions will be held each Wednesday between 5pm and 8pm at the Bentleigh Club, 33 Yawla St, Bentleigh, during the shutdown.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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