Final panel slots into place at Fitzgerald Road

Vic Department of Transport

Major milestones continue to be ticked off at the Fitzgerald Road Level Crossing Removal Project.

On Friday 11 February, the project team installed the 324th – and final – retaining wall panel well ahead of schedule.

The panels weigh up to 5-tonne and were installed over a six-month period after construction of the retaining wall started last September.

Patterns on each panel reflect the nearby grassland landscape and Kororoit Creek. Consultation with Traditional Owners helped identify these important themes during consultation.

Over 35,000 tonnes of crushed rock and dirt was placed behind the retaining walls to build the elevated road that will connect to the new road bridge. This is the equivalent of 14 Olympic sized swimming pools!

The new Fitzgerald Road bridge over the rail line will ease congestion and be a welcome replacement for the boom gates in Ardeer. Boom gates can be down for up to 45 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 37 trains run through the crossings.

Locals in the west can look forward to better connections and reduced travel times following the completion of these important works.

Workers lifting a large concrete panel into place

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