Major work will soon begin removing the Toorak Road level crossing, with underground services to be relocated ahead of the construction of an elevated rail line over the road in the near future.
Crews will get busy over the first weekend of October, working around the clock to relocate underground services and utilities and begin work on the foundations for the future rail bridge.
The crossing will be closed from Friday night to Monday morning, October 4 to 7, to allow for the work.
This work will allow a new rail bridge to be built next to the existing railway to minimise overall impacts on both road and rail users during the transition toward the eventual closure of the level crossing.
The Toorak Road level crossing creates a major bottleneck for road users traveling to the Monash Freeway and CityLink via Toorak Road, Glenferrie Road and Tooronga Road. Boom gates are down at the crossing for 35 per cent of the morning peak.
37,000 road vehicles travel through the crossing each day.
The rail elevation project is expected to be complete by 2021. It is one of the 75 level crossing removals completed, underway, planned or proposed by the state government under its Level Crossing Removal Program.