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SKY RAIL workers will soon start laying the elevated tracks at Noble Park after a rapid work in recent months.
Since March, 83 columns have been erected over the 2.7km section, along with 196 beams weighing more than 70 tonnes each. Two cranes worked in tandem to lift the 30m and 40m beams on to the columns.
Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Brett Summers said work was also moving quickly on the new Noble Park station, with the base of the 160 metre platform and the stairs leading to the platform now finished.
Welder Michael Disalcagore, who works on the project, said the view from the platform is spectacular.
“You can actually see the whole of Noble Park,” he said.
Welder Michael Disalcagore works at the Nobel Park station level crossing removal site. Picture: Wayne Taylor..Mr Disalcagore lives within minutes of the station and said he sometimes waited at the crossing for 25 minutes.
“It’s good (the project’s) moving quickly, especially with the boom gates, we can get rid of those and it can free up congestion,” he said.
The sky rail project at Noble Park will take commuters over Heatherton, Corrigan and Chandler roads, freeing up traffic and pedestrian access between the Ian and Douglas streets shopping strips.
But Dandenong councillor Sean O’Reilly, who previously raised concerns about who would be responsible for maintaining the open space beneath the rail line, said his understanding was negotiations are still ongoing between council and LXRA.
“The general plan is Level Crossing Removal Authority will contribute to a fund for maintenance for a period of 10 years or so and then it will be taken over by council,” he said.
Cr O’Reilly said it was good that underground space was being created, but said rate capping meant council has less capacity to look after it.
The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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