Major works are continuing at South Gippsland Highway level crossing removal as our project team prepares to connect the new road bridge and Princes Highway intersection.
A 22-day construction blitz from 6 August will ensure the level crossing is gone for good, months ahead of schedule, providing one of Melbourne’s busiest manufacturing regions with free-flowing freight routes.
As these works are carried out, the South Gippsland Highway will be closed between the Princes Highway and the Dandenong Bypass from 9pm Friday 16 July to 5am Friday 6 August.
There will be detours in place via the Dandenong Bypass and Frankston-Dandenong Road and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journey.
Removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing will improve freight connections in the area, increase safety and reduce congestion for the 31,000 car and trucks that use it every day.
Along with the Metro Tunnel Project and Cranbourne Line Upgrades it will allow more trains to run on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in the future, increasing services on one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors.
The existing South Gippsland Highway and Princes Highway intersection was the site of one fatal incident, four crashes resulting in serious injury during the past 10 years, and 40 near misses between 2005 and 2015.
Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, and more than 50 will be removed by the end of 2021 – one year ahead of schedule. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks.