Melbourne Water is renewing the last two kilometre section of the M102 water main. To secure a reliable water supply for the growing suburbs in western Melbourne these essential works will occur between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville from July 2018.

Project update

Construction work continues

Work to replace the 80 year old M102 water main continues with pipe laying activity recently completed through Cruickshank Park and across Stony Creek in Yarraville.

Map showing the areas of work along Somerville Road for the  M102 Water Main Renewal Project

From late January and early February 2019, construction works will continue east along Charlotte Street, before heading north up Julian Street towards the intersection with Somerville Road. 

Works will be focused along Somerville Road from the end of February, with construction moving east to Williamstown Road. Some construction is also planned near Severn Street to connect with other water mains over the coming months. The M102 Project Team is continuing to work with Kingsville Primary School to ensure minimal disruptions to students while the pipeline is being constructed adjacent to the school.

The project team has also provided updated notification (see link below) to residents and businesses in the area about these works on Somerville Road. Businesses will continue to operate during project works along this road.

When works are along Somerville Road, both traffic lanes (east-bound and west-bound) will continue to operate, with speed limits reduced to 40km/hour. Concrete barriers will separate the works from these running lanes. To enable the project to maintain traffic in both directions, cycle lanes will be detoured to the north and south of Somerville Road. Working with Bicycle Network, the project team has developed alternative cycle routes – these are highlighted in the map below.

Map showing alternate bike route during the M102 Main Water Renewal project

What's happening and when

Work to renew the M102 water main involves:

  • constructing a new 900mm diameter water main through approximately two kilometres of local streets between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville
  • reinstating the area as close as possible to pre-construction condition
  • decommissioning the existing 80 year old M102 water main that runs under Somerville Road.


Stage Estimated timing Description
Site investigations

Early 2017 to mid 2017

Locating underground services
Understanding ground conditions
Procurement Late 2017 Project is put to tender
Preferred construction partner chosen
Site mobilisation May 2018 Set-up of site offices
Machinery and equipment delivered to site
Construction starts July 2018 Main construction activity to renew M102 Water Main
Pipe construction complete (inc. connections & decommissioning) May 2019 Laying of new pipes completed along the new alignment. 
Connect renewed M102 water main into the wider system.
Decommissioning of existing M102
Construction complete Mid 2019 Project completion
Final reinstatement of project and surrounding infrastructure

Impacts on local residents and visitors

Like any major project, there will be impacts associated with the renewal of the M102 water main. We are working closely with Maribyrnong City Council, VicRoads, local businesses and residents, schools and user groups, as well as other projects in the area to manage these impacts.

A Dig, Lay, Bury methodology and reinstatement will take place progressively as the pipes are installed. The work area will continuously move so that works will only be at any one location for a short period of time before moving on to the next section. Works will take place along major roads and residential streets. There will be some temporary changes to traffic conditions, parking, access and bicycle routes (see map below).

Comprehensive Traffic Management Plans will be implemented to manage these impacts, and we will notify residents and businesses in advance of the expected changes. Melbourne Water is also working with the West Gate Tunnel project team to ensure coordination across projects, especially when it comes to traffic impacts.

There will be some noise, dust and vibration associated with the construction works. We will continue to work closely with our appointed contractor to minimise these impacts, especially when working in residential streets. Engagement with residents and businesses commenced in December 2016 and will continue throughout the project to help manage any potential impacts.

During construction the majority of works will take place from Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, and on Saturday between 7am and 1pm (when required). Outside of these times, quiet activities such as cleaning-up or office duties will be undertaken. Melbourne Water and the project team thank you in advance for your patience as we carry out this essential upgrade work to help secure water supplies for years to come.

Why is this project important?

The M102 water main has been in operation for over 80 years and is a critical part of Melbourne's water supply network, supplying the areas of Footscray, Altona and Werribee.

Recent inspections of the existing water main have revealed that the pipeline is at the end of its operational life and needs to be upgraded to meet Melbourne Water’s service standards. This will also secure a reliable water supply for the growing west.

To date, we have completed three separate projects to renew 13 kilometres of the 15 kilometre M102 pipeline. The West Footscray to Yarraville Water Main Renewal project will involve renewing the last two kilometres of this pipeline between Paramount Road, West Footscray and Williamstown Road, Yarraville.

Keeping you informed

We will keep local residents and businesses informed about the works through letters, newsletters, localised bulletins, door knocks and web updates.

Your feedback

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this project, please get in touch.

Last updated:
24 January 2019