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THE Wodonga rail bypass project is on track for its opening next year with the bulk of earthworks nearly completed.
Australian Rail Track Corporation spokesman Brian Dale said the next stage would be the erection of about 240 beams across the project’s seven bridges.
“The job is progressing well and we’re still on line for completion in the second half of 2010,” Mr Dale said.
“The next program release is for the completion of bridges, the station, track and signal work.”
The bridge over the Lincoln Causeway is the least completed of the seven, Mr Dale said, after it was started last.
Workers will soon be putting up the pylons that will hold the crossbeams and but Mr Dale declined to give an exact timetable on when that first beam will be raised.
He said construction of the station building was expected to start soon.
“The station earthworks are progressing and actual construction will begin shortly,” Mr Dale said.
Since the Bandiana line closed on the first of this month — the main line through Wodonga is still operational — workers have been decommissioning six of the 11 rail crossings to be taken out in the project: Reid Street, Lawrence Street, Thomas Mitchell Drive, Pearce Street, Anderson Road and the Kiewa Valley Highway.
Freight and passenger trains will continue using the main Wodonga line until the bypass is complete.
Mr Dale said traffic alterations had been working and reiterated the need the slight inconveniences during the project.
“The Melrose Drive-Moloney Drive contra-flow (where temporary traffic lights have been installed) is working well,” he said.
“The inconvenience is minor and more and more people are using Old Barnawartha Road to connect with the Hume Freeway as an alternative.
“A job like this does cause some inconvenience and we thank the community for supporting us.”
The $181 million project, jointly funded by the ARTC and the Victorian and federal governments, will result in a new 5km dual track north of the city centre, which will include 1.1km of bridges and the new station.
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