Project investigations are taking place along the West Gate Freeway, local roads in the inner-west and along Footscray Road and CityLink.

Investigations include:

  • Utility inspections
  • Geotechnical (ground) investigations
  • Feature surveys

While investigations are underway, some temporary pedestrian or traffic management measures may be in place for safety. There will be minimal disruption to road users and nearby residents or businesses.

These investigations help build a detailed understanding of the whole project corridor. Investigations in a particular area do not necessarily mean the project will be situated in, or have an impact on, that location.

Investigations may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of bad weather, difficult ground conditions or other unavoidable circumstances.

Current investigations

You may see our team out and about undertaking investigations in the following locations:

  • Dynon Road, West Melbourne
  • Federation Trail, Brooklyn
  • Footscray Road, West Melbourne
  • Francis Street, Yarraville
  • Geelong Road, Brooklyn
  • Hall Street, Spotswood
  • Hudsons Road, Spotswood
  • MacKenzie Road, West Melbourne
  • Kent Street, Yarraville
  • Stephen Street, Spotswood
  • West Gate Freeway
  • Whitehall Street, Yarraville

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us on 1300 280 939 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What's involved?

Utility inspections

These works involve locating, uncovering and recording the location of underground utilities such as electricity, gas, water, sewerage and telecom assets.

In some locations, a path or traffic lane may be temporarily closed to provide access and a safe work area. Access to surrounding properties and roads will always be maintained.

Works can include:

  • uncovering services using a high-pressure water spray and vacuum
  • survey and pit inspections
  • scanning for the ground to identify underground utilities

Geotechnical investigations

Geotechnical investigations involve drilling a small hole of around 10-15mm diameter in the ground. Rock, soil and water samples are collected for testing. In some cases, a groundwater monitoring well is installed for the collection and measurement of groundwater.

Before getting started, we check each site to ensure that drilling avoids important environmental and heritage values and underground infrastructure such as sewers, pipes and cables.

Drilling can generate some noise and minor dust. We take steps to minimise these impacts and monitor them during drilling.

Paths or traffic lanes may be temporarily closed to provide access and a safe work area. Access to properties and roads will be maintained and any necessary detours clearly signed.

Feature survey

Surveyors use a tripod and digital survey equipment to measure heights and distances to surrounding features.

In some locations, a path or traffic lane may be temporarily closed to provide access and a safe work area. Access to properties and roads will always be maintained.

On some local roads, one or two light vehicles will parked at the end of cul-de-sacs near the freeway or by the side of the road.

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