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Altona Loop duplication, crossing removal works begin

Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority has officially kicked off construction on the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal, and the partial duplication of the Altona Loop.

The project includes construction of a new rail bridge and duplication of 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop, part of the Werribee rail line in Melbourne’s south-west.

The Altona Loop partial duplication will allow trains to pass or to wait off the main Werribee line.

“This will significantly improve reliability and reduce the probability of trains bypassing the loop,” the LXRA said in a statement.

The key goal of the project – of course – is the removal of the road-rail level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road. 22,000 vehicles use the crossing each day, and it is part of VicRoads’ Principal Freight Network, meaning it is designated as a key transport corridor.

A dual rail bridge will be built over the railway to eliminate the crossing.

A weekend rail line closure from Friday night, September 1, to early on Monday morning, allowed crews to install temporary rail crossings so construction equipment can cross the rail line and install concrete barriers to protect workers from passing trains.

“Over the coming weeks, locals will start to see more activity around the level crossing and duplication site, with the team beginning to establish fencing and barriers, clearing topsoil and relocating underground utilities in preparation for major construction later this year,” the LXRA said.

“The $82 million contract for the duplication and removal of the level crossing will be completed by the end of 2018.”