14/06/18

Estimating Comes To Life

The Civilex Estimating team took some time away from their desks at Head Office last Friday to inspect progress made at Civilex’s portion of the Level Crossing Removal Authority project. Civilex is undertaking civil infrastructure work in and around the crossing removals between Caulfield Road to Dandenong Road – abbreviated to CD9. And on Friday it was Civilex Estimator Aaron Illangakoon’s opportunity to see his hard work come to life. Aaron ran the successful Civilex tender for the civil works being delivered under CPB and was able to see and experience the realisation of his drawings, rates, quantities, and specifications.

Estimating team with Project Manager Nick Loucaides at Murrumbeena crossing site. L-R: Branden Dickman, Nick Loucaides, Aaron Illangakoon, Eric Lai.

What is CD9?
As part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, nine level crossings are being removed before the end of 2018. Level crossings already removed include:
• Corrigan Road, Noble Park
• Heatherton Road, Noble Park
• Chandler Road, Noble Park.

Level crossings removals still in progress include:
• Grange Road, Carnegie
• Koornang Road, Carnegie
• Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena
• Poath Road, Hughesdale
• Clayton Road, Clayton
• Centre Road, Clayton.

The Civilex Estimating team visited three of the five Civilex sites: Murrumbeena, Carnegie and Noble Park. The boom gates at Corrigan Road in Noble Park have been removed and the new elevated rail line at Noble Park Station is now operational.

The Caulfield to Dandenong project is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Civilex Undertakes Infrastructure Works
With the whole section of rail elevated from Caulfield to Dandenong, works saw ground level platforms demolished and replaced with new car parks built underneath the elevated rail structures. Civilex, contracted under CPB, undertook earthworks and hard landscaping involving bluestone paving, precast concrete seats, electrical works for car park street lighting, as well as signage an line marking.

Civilex Estimator and CD9 tender lead Aaron Illangakoon said, “It was great to see the project come to life from the plans we made during tendering. Being out on site during the occupation works gives you another perspective on how much things need to work logistically.” Given the short time frame, Aaron said he was very impressed with the progress the Project team had made.

Solving Peak Congestion On The Busiest Rail Corridor
Prior to their removal, the boom gates at Noble Park’s Corrigan Road level crossing had been down for up to 73 minutes during weekday peak hours from 7-9am. A media update published by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) reported the ongoing delays and subsequent frustration to thousands of motorists regularly using the road.

The Caulfield to Dandenong project includes rebuilding five new stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. The use of elevated rail to remove the crossings is decongesting traffic and opening up 22.5 hectares of open space which will be transformed into parklands.

The innovative plan centres on three sections of modern elevated rail creating 225,000 square metres – the equivalent of 11 MCGs – of open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses chosen by local communities.

This modern design built over the existing rail line will also spare passengers and drivers years of disruption during construction with the majority of work completed with trains and roads running normally.

The elevated modern looking Carnegie Station at Koornang Road.

To follow the progress of the Level Crossing Removal across the rail network click here.

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