Bridging gap at Hallam

Vic Department of Transport

A major milestone in construction of the new Hallam Station and rail bridge has been achieved with the first L-beams lifted into place over Hallam Road last week.

Using a 650 tonne crane, each of the 60 beams installed measure at 27m and weigh 130 tonnes – the size of 2 E-Class trams.

The beams will create 30 U-troughs over the coming months, which will eventually form the 394m long, 13,500 tonne rail bridge.

Transported to site at night from the precast facility in Kilmore to minimise disruption to road users, the trucks need to travel as slow as 10 km/h during some parts of the journey.

The new platforms are also taking shape as 12 Super-Ts are being installed to form the foundations of the new Hallam Station.

The dual-entrance elevated station will feature modern facilities for the 2200 passengers who use the station each day, and improved pedestrian and cycling connections around the station precinct.

The level crossing on Hallam Road will be gone for good in 2022, improving congestion and traffic flow, and boosting safety for road users and the community. More than 20,000 cars and trucks use the Hallam Road level crossing each day, with boom gates down for nearly a third of the morning peak.

The Victorian Government is getting rid of all 22 level crossings along the Pakenham line – including another 5 announced late last month – as part of a $15 billion investment that will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run more often.

Cranes lift the beam into place to form the elevated rail bridge over Hallam Road

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