So this is what it looks like when hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure gets built rapidly in your neighbourhood.
Here are some photos and video of the first week of major works on the Bentleigh/Mckinnon/Ormond level crossings.
(Click any photo to view it larger at Flickr — or click here to view the entire album of photos as a slideshow.)
The end result will be three stations below road level, but first all the dirt has to be dug out.
Some people want a crossing at Murray Road, midway between Ormond and Mckinnon. For now, there is one, for loading up more trucks. This is smack bang in the middle of a residential area. Accommodation has been offered to those most affected by the works.
Nicholson Street, parallel to the railway line, is currently One Way so trucks can enter from the north, be loaded up with dirt, then head south and then east down Centre Road. I wonder how the garbage is being collected? Wouldn’t the garbage trucks only have claws on the left hand side?
Traffic controllers stop westbound cars on Centre Road to allow the trucks (with their large turning circle) to turn out of Nicholson Street (north side) and Burgess Street (south side) to turn in and head towards the quarry.
The trucks come through every few minutes on the truck routes. Here a convoy comes through Bentleigh shopping centre, where parking “adjustments” (eg restrictions) have been in place for about a week, as have traffic light modifications to help keep the trucks moving.
On Wednesday night there were plenty of onlookers at Bentleigh. Some parents bring their kids out for an evening walk in their pyjamas to have a look. Buses aren’t currently diverted, but some overnight road closures have occurred.
The trucks are having a noise impact along the routes to Dingley:
We cannot sleep with the constant noise of trucks during the night. They need to stop these trucks during the night or reroute to alternate roads on every second night so that we can at least get a decent nights sleep occasionally. One day I was sitting at the East Boundary Rd. / South Rd corner traffic lights and counted 28 trucks going in all directions during a minute duration. It is unbearable! — K Hills
But the good news is that progress has been significant. If all goes to schedule, most of the digging should be finished early next week.
Hi @danielbowen in the last 3 days we've carted away about 185,000 tonnes – about the same as the whole volume we took away from Burke Rd
— Level Crossings (@levelcrossings) June 28, 2016
Finally, for all the construction geeks and their kids who love watching this stuff on Youtube, here’s 90 seconds of digging… view it full screen at Youtube to see it in all its glory.