- Geotechnical studies begin to prepare for Denny Avenue level crossing removal
- Findings will help refine design of new grade separated intersection at Davis Road
- Construction anticipated to start in 2019 following further engineering and planning
The first contractor for the Denny Avenue level crossing removal in Kelmscott has mobilised on site to begin testing ground conditions ahead of construction starting next year.
Geotechnical studies are a critical part of the project that will help refine the planning and engineering studies undertaken by METRONET so far.
This work will be carried out by Golder Associates and will involve a range of techniques including core sampling, groundwater testing and cone penetrometer testing (which measures the strength of the soil) at the new grade separation site.
As announced in June, the design for the McGowan Government's first METRONET level crossing removal project involves creating an underpass and elevated rail line at Davis Road, which is parallel to Denny Avenue.
The new east-west road connection at Davis Road will require the rail line to be elevated slightly in this area to accommodate the underpass. A parallel principal shared path will be built alongside the railway to provide safe pedestrian and cycling connections in the community.
The Davis Road option offers the best solution for train and road operations, public safety, community outcomes and cost, and was chosen following thorough analysis with stakeholders.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The start of the geotechnical assessments is an exciting new stage for the first of several level crossing removal projects which will underpin the Government's plans to change Perth's public transport system and improve urban outcomes.
"A key aim of this project is fixing one of Perth's most dangerous sections of road - but it also presents opportunities for town centre improvements and more connectivity."
Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti:
"Most locals can relate to being stuck at the Denny Avenue level crossing so it's exciting to see some workers come to site following a lot of work being done behind the scenes.
"Testing these ground conditions is a necessary step that will help prevent any surprises when the construction crews move in."
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