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The Brighton Main Sewer is one of the main sewers in Melbourne's 400 kilometre sewer network. Running under Beach Road, it has been servicing the Brighton and Hampton areas since 1907. Recent inspections of the sewer have revealed it is in poor condition and needs to be rehabilitated.
The Brighton Main Sewer Upgrade Project will improve the condition of the existing sewer; enhance community well-being; provide long-term benefit to the environment; and extend its life for at least another 50 years.
Changes to traffic conditions
Some disruptions and delays are expected while these works are underway. Beach Road will continue to be accessible to all road users however please allow extra time for travel. All road users will be subject to a reduced speed limit of 40km/h and some lane closures will be necessary while works are underway on the road.
Both traffic and pedestrian management will be in place for the life of the project, we ask that instructions are followed to ensure the safety of all members of the community.
To avoid any frustration we encourage you to seek an alternate route.
Early construction works
Initial construction works will involve the modification of 22 manholes along the project alignment on Beach Road, St Kilda Street and the Esplanade. These works will be undertaken during the day and early evening to minimise disruption to the community. Some localised traffic changes will involve lane closures at manholes to ensure works are safely conducted.
Following these early works, we will commence the program to reline the sewer. Using 'trenchless technology' we will reline the pipes and tunnels ensuring this asset provides safe and reliable sewerage for at least another 50 years.
Construction hours for early works will be Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. Works to reline the sewer will be staged so as to minimise disruption to peak hour traffic. They will be undertaken over a continuous period that will incorporate both day and night shifts.
In order to reline the sewers and ensure the safety of work and site crew, bypass pumping will be in continuous operation and will run 24 hours a day.
Access to the foreshore and Brighton Beach will be maintained at all times
Works will take place, Sunday to Friday - no works will be undertaken on weekends unless in an emergency.
Cyclists and pedestrians
We have been working closely with Bicycle Network and Bayside City Council to develop solutions to best interface with cyclists and pedestrians.
Work crews and traffic controllers will work proactively with cyclists. We ask that cyclists be aware that changes to the road surface and traffic conditions will impact how they ride, and to remain mindful of pedestrians and other road users when riding on or near a works zone.