Reinstatement work commences on St Georges Road

​Melbourne Water will commence work to reinstate the centre median strip along St Georges Road from Arthurton Road to Miller Street from Monday 3 July 2017.

​This reinstatement work, to be completed in stages, is part of the final phase of the M40 Preston Reservoir to Merri Creek Water Main Renewal Project. This project will ensure Melbourne continues to have a safe and reliable supply of drinking water.

Our reinstatement work includes constructing a new shared path that is 3.5m wide from Arthurton Road to Gadd Street and 4.5m wide from Gadd to Miller Streets. 

This new path will narrow to 2.5m wide at un-signalised crossing points (at Beaconsfield Parade, Gadd Street, Woolton Avenue and Watt Street) and the U-turn crossing at Beavers Road. 

Melbourne Water will be replanting mature palm trees that were removed and stored as well as planting more than 300 semi-mature Chinese Elms to create an avenue on either side of the path. 

The first reinstatement works will commence at Arthurton road and move progressively north. Melbourne Water expects the first mature palms to be replanted in early July. 
Melbourne Water General Manager, Major Program Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, said he was pleased to see the reinstatement underway.

“We are pleased to be commencing this final stage of the project after completing our pipe laying activities from Arthurton Road to Normanby Avenue and tunnelling work from Rennie Street to Oakover Road,” he said.

“The community will begin to see improvements as a result of our restoration work, including a new, wider shared path lined by an avenue of trees. 

“We expect majority of the reinstatement work to be completed by the end of 2017 when the construction fencing will be removed and the un-signalised crossings re-opened in cooperation with VicRoads.”

“We are very grateful to residents and the community for their support while we have been constructing this vital new water main. 

“We recognise that some of the work has been disruptive and we greatly appreciate the patience of residents.”

As the reinstatement work progresses, diversions will direct pedestrians and cyclists onto the new shared path. There will be signage and traffic controllers onsite to ensure safety.

Please continue to take care as you travel through the construction area.

A copy of the full reinstatement plan is available on the M40 project webpage 
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