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Viaduct reaches new heights |  Wyndham
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Viaduct reaches new heights | Wyndham

The Ison Road Overpass project has reached new heights – literally – as it works to connect Wyndham West to the Princes Freeway.

Since December, Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) crews have placed and compacted 15,300 truckloads of soil to form towering embankments for the approaches to the viaduct bridge.

The dikes, which are eight meters high, have become a prominent landscape feature on either side of the Melbourne-Geelong railway line near Werribee.

The project brought in 236,000 cubic meters of soil to build the dikes – enough to fill 94 Olympic swimming pools.

Crews have also made significant progress completing piling work to help build the foundation for the viaduct, with more than 1,000 steel-reinforced concrete piles installed.

As the project continues, an average of 60 people work at the site every day in various roles. Combined, they have worked more than 60,000 hours since work on the viaduct began in November, according to MRPV.

Once completed, the four-lane Ison Road Overpass viaduct will extend over the Melbourne-Geelong railway line towards the Princes Freeway.

Future-proofed for six lanes, it will give residents access to surrounding areas and minimize traffic in central Werribee, reducing congestion and improving travel reliability, MRPV said.

Active transportation project options include shared walking and cycling paths across the bridge and a cycle path under the bridge.

“With our excavation and piling works on schedule, we are making great progress in building the foundations for the road and bridge viaduct,” said Damian Van Dyke, MRPV project director.

“Residents can look forward to better access to surrounding areas and minimal traffic in central Werribee as we continue to work with construction partner Decmil to deliver this important project.”

The viaduct is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2025 and is expected to handle nearly 29,000 vehicles per day by 2036.

The state and federal governments will invest a total of $114 million to make the project a reality.

Details: bigbuild.vic.gov.au/ison