Sewer works in your area from October 2022

 

You might not notice a lot of the work we do because most of it is beneath your feet. Every day, we’re maintaining and upgrading the pipes and pumps that keep the sewage network flowing.

With some upcoming works in Higgins Rd, Wood St, Hobart St and London St, Bentleigh you might see us or our contractor ZJW (Zinfra, Jaydo, WSP, Joint Venture) around. Here’s what to expect while we get the job done.

What we're doing

The project will increase the capacity of the sewer network to cater for population growth in the area and future proof the sewerage system.

You shouldn’t notice any change to your water or sewer services while we work.

When it's happening

We’ll commence investigative works and construction from mid October 2022 for approximately five months.

You can expect us to work Monday to Friday between 7 am and 5 pm. On the odd occasion, we might need to work at other times for safety, technical or permit reasons.

What might impact you

We’ll do our best to keep impacts to a minimum, however these are the kinds of things you might notice while we work:

  • Change in normal traffic flow and lane and road closures on Higgins Rd, Wood, Hobart and London Sts (please refer to map below).
  • Driveway access will be impacted at some locations along the alignment. We’ll notify affected properties in advance.
  • Reduced speed limits will be in place.
  • More trucks on the streets around you.
  • Less car parks on some streets.
  • Noise from machinery and drilling rigs, like beepers when trucks reverse.
  • Our traffic management team will be around to make sure people, bikes and cars can move around safely.

Want to know more? Watch our video 'What you might hear and see' below.

Don't miss these details

We’re working with ZJW to help us.

During the works ZJW will have a site compound on Higgins Road. This location has been approved by council. The compound will be secure and adhere to strict safety requirements.

Vehicle access to some properties will be impacted for up to 8 - 12 weeks. ZJW will be in contact with affected residents and business owners prior to works.

When we’ve finished the job, we’ll leave things how we found them and make sure we return any areas we’ve impacted as close as possible to their original condition.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed our engagement practice to ensure our crews can maintain physical distancing. Our COVID-19 update letter can be found below.

Where we will be working

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Project Alignment and Traffic Impacts (lane closures, reduced speed limits)

What you might hear and see

Frequently Asked Questions

South East Water manages a proactive infrastructure program which involves replacing, maintaining and upgrading the existing water and sewerage infrastructure above and below the ground, so you can always rely on us when you need a drink, a bath, to wash the clothes or dishes and every time you flush or send water down the drain.

We need to upgrade the ageing Elster Creek sewer on Higgins Road, Wood Street, Hobart Street and London Street, Bentleigh to increase the capacity of the sewer network to cater for population growth in the area and future proof the sewerage system.

The population in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs is growing, placing pressure on the current sewerage system. These works will upgrade the capacity of the existing Elster Creek sewer, so that future growth can be met.

 The works will: 
• Improve service reliability into the future.
• Future proof the sewer network.
• Reduce ongoing maintenance and repair costs. 

Site investigative works were completed earlier in 2022 to inform the design of the sewer upgrade. Construction will start at the Higgins Road Stage and progress along to the Wood Street and London Street Stages (refer to map above).

We will be installing relief sewer pipes and new concrete manholes along Higgins Road, Wood Street, Hobart Street and London Street, Bentleigh. The installation of relief pipes will be done through a process called underground micro tunnelling. This involves excavating up to four access shafts in stages along each of the streets listed above.

We will renew the sewer pipeline in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time. The works zones will involve some road closures and include temporary fencing and water barriers to ensure the safety of nearby residents and the local community. 

Construction hours will be Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm. If Saturday works are necessary, they will take place between 8am and 5pm. On the odd occasion, we might need to work at other times for safety, technical or permit reasons.

Construction will start in mid October 2022 and take approximately six months to complete, including reinstatement of road surfaces.

The project will be completed in stages starting on Higgins Road (please refer to map overleaf) moving to Wood Street and then Hobart and London Streets. If works progress well, we may start and finish some stages earlier than anticipated. We'll keep affected residents updated.

Roads will reopen to traffic for approximately two weeks for the Christmas Holiday period.

South East Water and their appointed contractor ZJW (Zinfra, Jaydo, WSP Joint Venture) will keep you informed about the project and construction in your area. We'll also keep this webpage up to date.

Sections of the road along the works alignment will be closed for up to six to eight weeks at a time. Vehicle access to driveways in these sections of the road will be blocked. Pedestrian access to properties however will be maintained. The project team will notify affected properties in advance and advise of alternative parking arrangements. The crew will also be available to assist residents where possible. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and will work to make sure this is for as short a time as possible. 

During the works ZJW will have a site compound on Higgins Road opposite the Bentleigh McKinnon Youth Centre. This location has been approved by council. The compound will be secure and adhere to strict safety requirements. 

The construction methods chosen are not likely to cause high levels of dust and vibration. The project team will carry out regular site area inspections during high volumes of work to monitor for the safety and comfort of local residents and the community.  There will be periods of noise from machinery and drilling rigs. The crew will try to keep noisier works to a minimum between 7 am and 9 am. 

If you require property access due to a medical condition, please contact the ZJW Project Manager Dan Schaede immediately on 0423 534 377 or dschaede@jaydo.com.au

No. If you experience any disruption to your water or sewerage services please call our 24/7 Faults and Emergencies team on 13 28 12.

There is no cost to the property owner for these works. 

When we’ve finished the job, we’ll leave things how we found them and make sure we return any areas we’ve impacted as close as possible to their original condition.

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Elster Creek Sewer Upgrade 

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