Works to begin this week to reopen Lydiard Street
AUGUST 22 2021
Crews will begin preparing to reopen the Lydiard Street crossing this week, the state government says.
V/Line will begin "non-destructive digging" (NDD) and preparation work at the level crossing from Wednesday, building on similar works undertaken at the site in June.
To take place during approximately six weeks, the works will include preparation of the site to "ensure the major works required to reopen the road can be started without delay once the heritage approval process is completed", V/Line chief executive, Matt Carrick, said.
Works will be completed by a team of about 30 people, who will conduct boring, install pits and repair asphalt.
While there will be no impact to train services or pedestrian access across the level crossing, there will be additional dust and noise in the area due to the works taking place.
The main road into Ballarat's central business district has been closed to traffic since a Wendouree-bound train smashed into the crossing's heritage gates on the night of May 30, 2020.
Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said authorities recognised the ongoing closure had been "frustrating for the Ballarat community".
"We're doing everything we can to get it safely reopened to traffic," he said.
It comes after the government announced it would invest more than $10 million through the state's 2021-2022 budget to update and reopen the thoroughfare "in line with modern safety standards in place across the state" earlier this year.
This work is expected to be completed by the end of September.https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/7397086/works-to-begin-this-week-to-reopen-lydiard-street/?cs=62