Here is what will be happening at the Metro Tunnel project during February.
The Metro Tunnel Project appreciates people’s support while we undertake these vital works and urge caution around our sites.
Please help us support local businesses affected by Metro Tunnel construction by continuing to visit them while works take place.
Visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au for more information about works in your area.
State Library Station (CBD North)
After a short break in construction over Christmas, work is back underway at sites in the State Library Station precinct.
The acoustic enclosure at Franklin St east of Swanston St, which is 70 metres long and more than 20 metres high, is almost complete.
This acoustic enclosure will help to minimise the impact of noise, light and dust on nearby businesses and residents when 24-hour construction activities, including shaft excavation, begin.
The installation of the acoustic enclosure at A’Beckett St is also well underway. When this 40-metre-long enclosure is completed in early March, 24-hour construction will also begin at this location.
The access shaft excavation at Franklin and A’Beckett streets are scheduled to be finished by mid-year.
Ground investigations are continuing along Victoria St to inform the design and construction and are expected to be completed by March.
The relocation of a number of underground services continues at Franklin St west of Swanston St. Ongoing closures and traffic changes remain in place in this area, including the westbound closure of Franklin St, between Swanston and Stewart streets, and the southbound closure of Swanston St, between Victoria and Franklin streets.
Traffic management, including signage, is in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the works.
The demolition of buildings along Swanston St and La Trobe St is expected to be completed in March.
Town Hall Station (CBD South)
Work is back underway at City Square, with well over half of the existing three-level car park now demolished.
Two excavators are working to demolish the structure and can be seen through the viewing windows on Swanston St.
Further daytime closures of Flinders Lane, between Russell and Swanston streets, will be in place between January 30 to February 10, so that debris from the demolition can be removed. Local access for businesses and residents will be available during these daytime closures under traffic management.
Once demolition is complete, construction activities, including piling, can begin to prepare for the installation of an acoustic enclosure and the excavation of an 11-storey access shaft.
The demolition of the buildings on Swanston St is also continuing.
Work is underway to disconnect services, remove internal fixtures and install scaffolding ahead of the main demolition of Port Phillip Arcade, which is scheduled to begin in early February and continue through to March.
Pedestrians can continue to access Flinders Lane and Scott Alley businesses using either Degraves St or Swanston St.