City West Water has awarded the contract for the $24 million Spencer Street Sewer Upgrade project in Melbourne.

Quinn Civil will design and install a gravity sewer along Spencer Street from Little Lonsdale Street to Flinders Lane in Melbourne.

The project involves approximately 740m of 400mm and 1400mm diameter gravity sewer. The Spencer Street Upgrade project is part of a broader strategy of works to update Melbourne CBD’s sewer systems.

Construction will be completed via a range of trenchless technologies, which will minimise the above ground impacts and reduce the need to dig an open trench along Spencer Street.

City West Water General Manager of Infrastructure and Delivery, Maree Lang, said the project is necessary to cater for rapid growth in Melbourne’s CBD.

“The existing 300mm diameter sewer along Spencer Street has served the city since 1896 and is approaching its full capacity.

“Victoria in Future (2015) forecasts growth of approximately 60,000 new apartments in the CBD over the next 35 years, which includes approximately 14,000 apartments in the Spencer Street area.

“We are upgrading the sewer network to ensure it continues to provide safe and reliable sewer services to the world’s most liveable city,” Ms Lang said.

As the project is located in a highly built-up and visible location, City West Water will be coordinating works to minimise disruption and ensure that the public is kept informed throughout the project.

“For the safety of pedestrians and workers, southbound traffic lanes will be impacted during the project, however through traffic, access to residential and business properties, as well as underground carparks, will be maintained.

“There will be no disruption to water or sewer services, and there will be no disruption to the tram network.

“City West Water is working closely with a number of stakeholders, including VicRoads, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, City of Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams to coordinate the streamlined delivery of the works and keep the community informed of the scheduled works.”

Minor early works will begin in August, with major works scheduled to begin in October 2017. The project will be completed by early 2019.

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