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Cranes central to Victoria’s Big Build ‘summer construction blitz’

Nearly 50 overhead gantry cranes are set be installed on the West Gate Tunnel Project as part of a construction blitz for Victoria’s Big Build.

The Victorian Government has announced the construction blitz to take some of Victoria’s “critical projects” closer to their completion, with the near 50 gantries set to work on the widening of the West Gate Freeway from eight to 12 lanes, according to a press release from the Victorian Premier’s cabinet. In order to install the overhead gantry cranes and for the machines to complete their work safely, the freeway between Williamstown Road and the M80 Ring Road will be closed on various nights over the coming months.

The Victorian Government will also be closing CityLink to allow for the lifting and installation of a “huge” steel beam, according to the press release, that will become the link between the new elevated road on Footscray Road and CityLink, with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Danny Pearson, emphasising the importance of completing the projects as soon as possible.

“Victoria’s Big Build continues to gather momentum with substantial works underway this summer,” he said, “as we move a step closer to completing important projects that will slash travel times and ensure Melbourne is ready to support the largest population of any city in the country.”

Other projects that will receive pushes to be finished include the new Keon Park train station, with Metcalf Cranes performing several key lifts on L-beams for the U-troughs that represent the foundations for the new rail bridge, and other level crossings in Cranbourne and Narre Warren.

News of the construction blitz comes after the largest crane in Australia, Tutt Bryant’s Tadano CC88.1600-1, recently lifting its final bridge beam on a new bridge crossing the Maribyrnong River.


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