The Victorian Level Crossing Removal Project has prioritised the recycling of materials in removing the Mt Derrimut Road crossing, and building a new Deer Park Station.
To build the new rail bridge and station, crews demolished the previous train station and excavated the site to lay foundations and locate underground services.
More than 80 per cent of the construction waste and excavated material, mostly asphalt, concrete and steel, was sent to an industrial recycler where it has been processed for reuse on other construction projects.
While strengthening the waste system by looking for opportunities to reduce landfill, greenhouse gases and pollution, it had also used recycled materials during construction, including:
- Up to 30 per cent reclaimed asphalt in the upgraded intersection of Mt Derrimut, Station and Tilburn roads and the new Deer Park Station car parks
- 70,946 tonnes of recycled construction materials including crushed concrete and bricks, and over 17 million recycled glass bottles saving on extracting natural resources from the ground
- 5000t of rail ballast from the original tracks reused in the new station drainage system.
By using materials recycled on site, the project has saved an estimated 113 truck trips for deliveries.
The project also donated 4.5 kilometres of guard rails and 1000 sleepers to be reused on the Heritage Railway at Tarrawarra in the Yarra Valley.