Green road ahead

Tara Murray

Recycled bottles, milk cartons and curbside waste are all playing a role in the Fitzgerald Road level crossing removal works.

As Level Crossing Removal Authority ramps up work on the project, workers have installed 450 metres of recycled pipes which will be part of drainage around the new road bridge being built over the rail line.

In total, 250,000 bottles and close to the equivalent of 65 kilometres of waste milk bottles have been used to make the 73 pipes .

A project spokesman said the environmentally-friendly pipes are a perfect engineering solution for the project because their rigidness makes them ideal for use in clay conditions on large infrastructure projects.

Level Crossing Removal Project senior project manager Tim Griffin said that using pipes made from recycled materials provides a wonderful engineering solution while also improving environmental outcomes for the community.

As part of the crossing removal, more than 200 trees and 150,000 shrubs will be planted at the site once the road bridge is complete.

The crossing is one of three in Brimbank which will be removed by 2023.

The removal of the Fitzgerald Road and Robinsons Road crossings in Deer Park were announced in January.

In April, it was announced that the Mt Derrimut Road crossing in Deer Park would also be removed.