March 2018 Update
M41 water main renewal project
Work to replace the M41 water main from Holden Street, North Fitzroy to Wellington Parade, East Melbourne will start with investigative works from next week.
Melbourne Water officially appointed CPB Black and Veatch Joint Venture last week to construct the new M41 water main.
Proposed alignment changes
CPB Black and Veatch’s tender submission included a proposal to alter the alignment originally planned by Melbourne Water during the earlier functional design phase. Melbourne Water accepted this proposal. CPB Black and Veatch Joint Venture is now progressing planning for the new alignment, including locating existing services to ensure its viability. The map in the attached community bulletin shows this proposed change to continue the alignment from the tunnel retrieval shaft on the corner of Cecil and Napier Streets (near the Fitzroy Pool) along Napier Street, turning left at Kerr Street and then right into George Street to continue to Victoria Parade.
We acknowledge this change is unexpected for residents of Kerr Street and Napier Street, between Cecil and Kerr Streets and apologise for the disruption this will cause.
The new alignment avoids Cecil Street, which is very narrow, bluestone structures and vegetation in George Street. While we will need to trim trees in Napier Street, trees will not need to be removed. Tree trimming will be done with a qualified arborist on site during the trimming to ensure the health of the tree is protected. The new alignment also avoids power lines in George Street, improving safety for our workforce.
Start of work
This week our community engagement team delivered the attached investigative works bulletin to residents along the M41 water main renewal alignment. Work will start on 5 March to carry out geotechnical drilling at a number of locations along the route, as well as service location works.
Construction for the water main replacement is expected to start in May 2018.
Community information sessions
Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018, Time: 4pm to 6pm, Location: Smith Reserve, Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy
Date: Thursday 8 March 2018, Time: 3pm to 6pm, Location: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018, Time: 4pm to 6pm, Location: Condell Street Reserve, (between Napier and George Streets) Condell Street, Fitzroy
Date: Saturday 17 March 2018, Time: 10am to 12pm, Location: Edinburgh Gardens Rotunda, North Fitzroy
M41 Pipeline - November 2017Update
M41 water main renewal project
Works have started to replace a valve on the corner of Eades Street and Victoria Parade in East Melbourne. Replacing the valve will allow the M41 water main to be isolated in both the northern or southern sections and protect a City West Water main which supplies to hospitals along Victoria Parade. Works are expected to be finished by the end of November.
The M41 project is currently in the tender phase. Once a contractor is appointed at the end of this year, they will spend early 2018 refining the design of the M41 water main renewal, in consultation with stakeholders, and develop a detailed schedule for the project. Once the design, methodology and schedule detail is available Melbourne Water will provide more information, this includes speaking again with directly affected residents to let folks know what to expect and when. Construction of the new M41 water main is expected to begin in early to mid-2018.
Community comments and feedback received have been provided to address issues that have been identified as important. These include:
- resident parking,
- construction impacts, particularly vibration, and
- tree protection.
The project team at Melbourne Water welcomes additional feedback or comments via email M41@melbournewater.com.au or telephone 1800 316 713 (option 1).