This is one of over 100 Victorian Government projects to remove the state’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.
Removing a level crossing means relocating a road or railway line to a new bridge or underpass so that the two no longer intersect. The projects also bring opportunities for great urban design that renews and reconnects communities.
Under multi-disciplinary consultants SMEC, our team moved Melton Highway onto a bridge.
In urban-design terms, we conceived it as a local landmark that forms part of the geography of the area. It’s an identifiable built element and its hexagonal motif is a nod to Melton’s impressive natural landscape – specifically nearby Organ Pipes National Park.
The surrounding footpaths, shared user paths and roads have been integrated into the design of the bridge and undercroft to enable pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular movements through site.
Spaces underneath the bridge have a lively atmosphere created by our use of different shaded paving. Feature up-lights make the space safer at night.