M40 water main construction update - crossings now open

Melbourne Water is pleased to announce the completion of works on the vital M40 water main renewal project along St Georges Road in Melbourne’s inner North.

Commencing construction in November 2016, the M40 water main renewal project replaced water supply assets and infrastructure and will now provide increased capacity to supply high quality drinking water from the Preston Reservoir to Melbourne’s CBD.

The original pipes were almost 100 years old with a history of leaks and bursts and required a full upgrade. The final construction of the new pipe was completed in late October, in time for the increased demand for water over summer.

From today (19 December) the un-signalised crossings at Beaconsfield Parade, Gadd Street, Woolton Avenue and Watt Street and the U-turn crossing at Beavers Road will all be reopened. 

Melbourne Water General Manager Major Program Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, said he was grateful for the support of local community and businesses during the works.

“These works have been disruptive and we could not have delivered this important project without the support we have received from the community,” he said.

“The local businesses along St Georges Road have been very understanding despite the impact of the works.”

Melbourne Water kept community needs at the top of the agenda for the project, including safely storing almost 80 large palm trees at an offsite nursery during construction, prior to replanting them at the site.

“The palms are back and should return to their former glory as the weather cools.”

“We will continue to plant Chinese elm trees, as an avenue beside the path, once the worst of the summer heat has passed. This will help to improve the visual amenity of the area.”

“We have also constructed a wider and safer shared pathway which will improve travel outcomes for cyclists and pedestrians, many of whom use the path to commute every day.”

We appreciate the support of VicRoads and City of Darebin throughout this project and also thank our project partners CPB Black and Veatch Joint Venture for keeping the community safe while undertaking this difficult and complex work. 

To find out more visit https://yoursay.melbournewater.com.au/M40