By Alesha Capone
Early works have started on a road bridge being constructed across the Werribee train line, as part of the removal of the Cherry Street level crossing.
The bridge is being built between Tarneit Road and the Princes Highway.
Werribee MP Tim Pallas and Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan visited Cherry Street last Thursday to inspect the project.
While at the worksite, the two politicians announced the $113.8 million contract to build the bridge, along with a new pedestrian underpass and a shared-use path on the south side of the rail line.
The project will be delivered by the alliance of McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Metro Trains Melbourne.
Due for completion in 2022, Mr Pallas said the new road bridge would slash travel times for drivers.
Ms Allan said the Cherry Street level crossing could cause delays of up to 38 minutes in the two hour morning peak period, so removing the boom gates would mean “less frustration” for drivers.
A gravel area located beside the railway line near Bunnings will be also be transformed into a car park with 130 spaces, better lighting and CCTV.
Mr Pallas said early work has also begun on the Duncans Road Interchange to reduce congestion for the 11,000 motorists who travel through the spot every day.
As well, resurfacing works are underway on sections of Kororoit Creek Road in Altona and Ferguson Street in Williamstown.