FAQ’s – General Public
Answers to commonly asked questions about the project.
How long will the work go for and what are the work hours?
- Scaffolding works will occur from 26 February 2024 to November 2024.
- Works will be conducted Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm, (excluding public holidays) and potentially some Saturdays.
What are the impacts on water and wastewater services?
- We do not anticipate any impact to water and wastewater services during the works.
- We have a back-up water pipe under the channel and the nature of works means we can restore services within four hours if there are any complications.
What are the impacts on road traffic and road use?
- Vehicles will be able to cross the bridge as normal while works are occurring.
- Due to the use of suspended scaffold connected to the underside of the bridge, there will be no need to close lanes on the bridge to access the pipelines.
- On rare occasions, traffic management or pilot vehicles may be required to enable access for specialised heavy vehicles, and while navigational markers for marine users are relocated. This is expected to happen at nighttime or early morning to minimise disruptions to traffic.
- Heavy vehicle operators will be subject to vehicle load limits whilst the scaffold is in place.
- The San Remo / Phillip Island bridge vehicle load limit will be reduced to 42.5 tonne for three months from 28 May to 29 August 2024, whilst scaffold is installed for the three center spans of the bridge. The 42.5 tonne vehicle mass limit has been lifted for some specific heavy vehicle classes whilst scaffold is installed for the 30m long spans of the bridge from 26 February to 27 May; and 30 August to November. V
- Heavy vehicle operators are advised to refer to the “Heavy Vehicle Map Networks in Victoria” website for planned and unplanned disruptions to the road network.
- Heavy vehicle operations are advised to refer to the “National Heavy Vehicle Regulator” website for matters relating to heavy vehicle regulation in Australia.
What specific trucks will be impacted by load limits?
Trucks that are used to supply groceries, household goods, milk, petrol, and major events at the Phillip Island Gand Prix Circuit are not likely to be affected by the reduced mass limit. These trucks typically operate at or below mass limits.
The carrying capacity of trucks that are commonly used in the construction sector, (B-Doubles and truck and dog operators) will be reduced for three out of nine months. The reduced load limit to 42.5 tonne will occur over winter when construction typically eases.
What are the impacts on pedestrians?
- Access across the bridge will remain open at all times, as will the pedestrian access tracks under the bridge.
- Access to the San Remo Foreshore Reserve playground will remain open at all times.
- Contract workers will be using footpaths to access the suspended scaffolding and site compound/s with due consideration given to other users.
Where will the site compound/s be?
- Temporary site compounds will be established at San Remo Foreshore (mid- February until approx. late August 2024.) and then at Newhaven Foreshore (September until approx. November 2024) as the works progress over the bridge.
- Site compounds will house machinery, equipment and facilities (office, toilets, rubbish) for the crew of approximately 12 construction workers on-site. Please see the images below showing the site compound areas.
San Remo Site Compound
What section of the foreshore will be unavailable?
As a long-term supporter of community events, Westernport Water has worked hard to ensure iconic local events such as the San Remo Channel Challenge are not significantly impacted. The compound area is sized to store necessary equipment, site offices and materials only, and the footprint will be kept to a minimum. Work will start on the San Remo side of the bridge, and therefore, the compound will be at the San Remo Foreshore from approximately mid-February 2024 to August 2024. The footprint of the compound will be reduced on weekends, public holidays and during major events to allow for greater access to the San Remo foreshore area. Pedestrian access will always remain open, as will the access tracks under the bridge, will always remain open. In approximately August 2024, the compound will be relocated to the Newhaven foreshore until the end of the project in approximately Nov 2024.
What are the impacts on events and school holidays?
- The San Remo Channel Challenge can go ahead without disruption. The Newhaven foreshore area will be clear at the time of the event.
- Although sections of the foreshore reserve will be unavailable as a result of these works, there are alternative areas of public open space in both San Remo and Newhaven that can be used.
- Car parking for the majority of workers has been sourced away from the foreshore area to free up this car space for public use.
What are the impacts on marine users?
- The majority of boat users won’t be impacted by the works.
- Reduced clearance under the bridge from the scaffolding will impact tall vessels; one of the three centre spans will remain at full clearance height at all times to enable unimpeded passage.
- Local Port manager Parks Victoria, who have authorised the works, will issue a Notice to Mariners (NTMs) prior to the works commencing and also during the works as required to ensure mariners are informed of any changes to clearance and navigation aids.
What should the public be considerate of?
- We kindly ask marine, road and pedestrian path users to observe all signage and remain alert to changing conditions in the San Remo/Newhaven area throughout the project.
- The health and safety of our community and visitors is paramount. Work sites will be appropriately managed and traffic management will be in place as required.
How is the environment being considered and impacts minimised?
- As an organisation, we are committed to protecting and enhancing our local environment. In line with our environmental policies, Westernport Water has engaged a contractor who is experienced in protecting the environment during major projects.
- To reduce waste, we’re going to reuse and refurbish fittings where possible rather than replace them. If replacement is needed, we will use stainless steel, a higher-grade metal that will withstand corrosion for longer.
- When cutting and/or grinding works are occurring under the bridge, an industrial vacuum/dust extractor will be used at the time to remove any airborne particles from the environment.
- Noise generated by the works will be within the legal limits set by the Environmental Protection Authority and will be conducted during work hours.
What communication is being done with community and stakeholders?
- Site signage, media releases, social media posts, direct mail outs and a dedicated webpage on the Westernport Water website will be used throughout the 11 month project to update and inform stakeholders of potential impacts and considerations required on their part.
- In particular, we will communicate with Parks Victoria who are the port authority for Western Port, the Department of Transport and Planning, and a wide range of stakeholders throughout the project.
Why is it taking 10 months?
The duration reflects the significant scope of the work and the high-risk factors that need to be managed to ensure a safe workplace. One of the pipelines will have its outer surface refurbished and wrapped, and across all three pipelines, there are nearly 400 connecting brackets to be replaced or renewed in tight areas with limited space. Scaffolding will be erected on three bridge spans at a time and relocated as the work moves across the bridge.
Why are you using suspended scaffolding?
The use of suspended scaffold will reduce impacts to traffic and the community. Suspended scaffolding is attached to the underside of the bridge so that workers can safely access the pipes, without the need for road closures.
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