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One of Victoria’s most congested level crossings has been eliminated and trains have taken a trip on a new bridge for the first time.
Toorak Road and Monash Freeway intersection is one of the most congested intersections in Melbourne, with frequent delays, as the boom gates were down for about 35 per cent of the morning peak.
But there is now a new rail bridge - and trains travelled over it for the first time on Monday.
The level crossing removal was finished six months ahead of schedule.
On Monday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said crews had worked for the past nine days to remove the boom gates and connect the rail bridge to the Glen Waverley line.
An artist impression the Toorak rail bridge. Credit: SUPPLIED/PR IMAGEAbout 37,000 vehicles travel through the crossing on an average day.
The government said strict protocols are in place for workers to remain safe including social distancing and enhanced cleaning.
“Work looks a little different on our big build – with extra physical distancing precautions in place due to coronavirus, so we can protect our workers and protect their jobs,” Andrews said.
“We’ve removed 35 dangerous and congested level crossings and are now almost half way to delivering on our promise of removing 75 level crossings by 2025.”
Toorak Road will be reopened to drivers on Tuesday.
This article first appeared on 7news.com.au
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