Minister Brings Down The Boom On Level Crossing At Last

Minister Brings Down The Boom On Level Crossing At Last

Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

New Kororoit Creek Road Overpass Means A Safer Altona Rail Crossing

Victor P Taffa

The $48.5 Million Kororoit Creek Road Duplication Project reached a major milestone today with traffic switched from the level crossing to the newly completed west-bound bridge.

Minister for Roads Terry Mulder today inspected works to complete the fully-divided Road link between Laverton North and Williamstown, opening the first stage of the Rail Overpass.

“From today two-way traffic along Kororoit Creek Road will be switched onto the new westbound part of the bridge, allowing the level crossing boom gates to come down for the very last time.” Mr. Mulder said.

 

“This is an important improvement to safety and convenience for drivers along Kororoit Creek Road, and to help get trucks to and from the Altona industrial precinct.”

“Drivers will encounter less congestion and far fewer delays along Kororoit Creek Road. Traffic no longer stops for express rail services to Werribee or for Geelong-bound passenger and freight trains. Critically the overpass eliminates the risk of collisions at the Rail Level Crossing.”

“Increased commercial and residential growth in and around Altona has seen more drivers using Kororoit Creek Road. Projects such as this are important that so that safety and traffic benefits can be enjoyed today and into the future.” Mr. Mulder said.

The remaining works are on track for completion by late 2011, including the second stage of the rail overpass bridge which will ultimately carry two east-bound traffic lanes.

The current works extend for two kilometres between Grieve Parade and Millers Road, completing the fully-divided east-west link between the Princes Freeway and Williamstown.

Works also include on-road bike lanes and a new road bridge spanning Kororoit Creek, which is now open.

Mr. Mulder said as road and bridgeworks continued through to late this year, it was important those drivers remained vigilant to changing road conditions, with a 60 km/h roadwork speed limit operating through the roadwork zones.