New Chandler Highway Bridge Takes Shape

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 15 Feb 2019 10:10
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Victoria’s idea of done is vastly different to reality as also witnessed with the RRL.
freightgate

Slightly off topic but there is some truth to this with the siphoning of funds from the RRL and the descoping of several level crossing removals.  As the federal government you never quite know where the funds will be spent even with the contract being written.

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  bramt Deputy Commissioner



https://roadprojects.vic.gov.au/projects/chandler-highway-upgrade/construction-update

According to the above link the walkway has to be removed from the old bridge before more lanes can be opened. Heaven knows why.

potatoinmymouth
The guardrail for the new bridge occupies the same physical space as the old walkway, which was bolted on to the side of the old bridge. They couldn't remove the old walkway until the old bridge was closed and resurfaced for pedestrian/bike use. So, temporary barriers reducing the width of the new bridge until then.

As mentioned, all 6 lanes are open now, and now the old bridge has temporary barriers either side. This is because some sort of new barrier needs to be attached to the old bridge, because the old barrier is literally chicken wire tied to the trusses (which apparently was sufficient for the traffic only side)


Drove it yesterday in both directions and still 40 km/h signs up.  We also have the roads surface completely stuffed in both directions as the bitumen is all in patches and not laid correctly very bumpy.  I would argue it is far from finished but we have very low standards in Victoria.
bevans

They were preparing to lay a new quiet surface. It's really good!
  GoldenGirl Station Master

All this talk, and yet no-one posts any photos?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
All this talk, and yet no-one posts any photos?
"GoldenGirl"


It's rather difficult to access the area on foot unless you have a Hi Vis vest and hard hat. Carrying a camera would guarantee that you stood out like a bandaged head.
It is also difficult to find anywhere off the work site which gives a good enough view for photos.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have video of before the new bridge and today I will grab some with the new bridge and post.
  GoldenGirl Station Master

I have video of before the new bridge and today I will grab some with the new bridge and post.
bevans
Thank you, that would be nice.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

This was the video of the bridge shown on the Victorian Premier's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndrewsMP/videos/2304038109879754/
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

This was the video of the bridge shown on the Victorian Premier's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndrewsMP/videos/2304038109879754/
True Believers
I wonder how they calculate travel times? I crossed the bridge at about 6:15pm last Tuesday, and it took me no more than three or four minutes to get from the Eastern Freeway (inbound) to Heidelberg Road, and that included a lengthy stop at a new set of traffic lights leading into the construction site, waiting for nobody. Previously it would take me longer than that just to reach Chandler Highway, as the queue to turn right was often back onto the freeway, and perhaps ten minutes to reach Heidelberg Road. It took me less than half the previous time to get from the freeway to Heidelberg Road, but my total trip time, from origin to destination, was only a few percent better.

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