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Melbourne sewer upgrades progressing

Sewer upgrades in Melbourne’s CBD have continued to make significant progress throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

At the conclusion of 2019, works to install a new sewer pipeline on Lonsdale Street had progressed through to Elizabeth Street, with westbound traffic on Lonsdale from Elizabeth Street to now be reduced to one lane until May this year as operations continue.

The microtunnel boring machine (MTBM) will be launched from William Street in February and is anticipated to arrive near Elizabeth Street in May, after which it will return to the launch shaft to tunnel westward to Spencer Street.

Rob Carr is delivering the project on behalf of City West Water (CWW), with the sewer upgrade to connect with the recently completed Spencer Street Sewer Upgrade upon completion.

CWW General Manager Infrastructure and Delivery Amanda Smith said traffic in the area would be impacted for some time.

“We’ve been working closely with the City of Melbourne and public transport operators to help them maintain normal timetables, however nearby infrastructure and high-rise construction may also cause short delays,” she said.

The upgrades form part of a four-stage AU$80 million capital improvement program to maintain service reliability for Melbourne’s growing population.

For more information visit the CWW website.

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