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Work is continuing safely on the Metro Tunnel Project as part of Victoria's Big Build. The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority. COVIDsafe Plans are in place on all project sites across Victoria. Learn more.

Work is now underway in the CBD to support construction of State Library Station.

This page outlines a snapshot of works happening in the area, details of impacts and working hours, and downloads of notifications sent to nearby residents and businesses. Sign up for enews to receive notifications to your inbox.

For works around the southern end of Swanston Street, see the Town Hall precinct page.

Construction of snapshot for March

Construction works within the State Library Station precinct during March 2021 include:

  • Underground structures and lining works
  • Adit construction within the Little La Trobe Street site
  • Creative treatment installation works on Little La Trobe Street
  • Shaft construction works at the La Trobe and Little La Trobe Street sites

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Structures and lining works

Franklin Street sites

24 hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing

  • Structures and lining works will continue at the Franklin Street East and Franklin Street West sites. Key activities within the acoustic sheds include steel tying, waterproofing and concreting
  • Oversized trucks will deliver segments of a gantry system to the Franklin Street East acoustic shed between 1am and 5am from Monday 1 March to Tuesday 9 March
  • The gantry will be used to construct permanent concrete elements along the arch of the central cavern
  • Works to drill tension anchors at the base of the Franklin Street west shaft will continue throughout March. This involves the delivery of steel and concrete using trucks and unloading materials within the Franklin Street west acoustic shed
  • There will be upcoming changes to the Franklin Street west laydown area, impacted stakeholders will be provided more information ahead of these works
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

24 hour works

A’Beckett Street site works

A’Beckett Street site

24-hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing

Oversized deliveries and plant demobilisations

10pm to 7am, intermittently until mid-March 2021

  • Plant and equipment from roadheader tunnelling works will be demobilised from the acoustic shed on oversized trucks intermittently between 10pm and 7am until mid-March
  • The A’Beckett Street site will continue to support underground structures and lining works, this will involve the delivery of steel and concrete using trucks and unloading materials within the acoustic shed
  • There will be an increase in trucks accessing the A’Beckett Street site between 8am and 7pm on Tuesday 2 March to deliver pre-cast concrete segments
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

24 hour works

Shaft construction

Little La Trobe Street site

7am to 10pm, Monday to Fridays, ongoing

7am to 6pm, Saturdays, ongoing

10pm to 3am, Monday to Fridays, ongoing (minor electrical works)

  • Shaft construction involves the use of excavators, a tower crane, hand tools, an elevated work platform, and trucks to remove excavated material and deliver construction materials
  • Steel fixing, excavation, and hammering works will continue underneath the ground floor slab
  • Minor electrical works involving the use of hand tools and an elevated works platform will continue underneath the ground floor slab until 3am on weeknights
  • Minor electrical works are not expected to exceed background noise levels
  • Concrete pours must be continuous to ensure structural integrity and therefore may occasionally continue outside of standard construction hours
  • Concrete pours involve concrete trucks attending the site and use of the tower crane
  • Trucks will continue to use the loading zone on Little La Trobe Street to deliver and remove equipment, construction materials and excavated materials
  • Ventilation equipment and site lighting will be required during shaft construction works.

Out of hours works

Adit construction

Little La Trobe Street site

24 hours, Mondays to Saturdays, throughout March 2021

  • Works to construct an adit (underground passenger connection) between the Little La Trobe and La Trobe Street sites will continue throughout March
  • Adit construction involves the installation of canopy tubes, excavation and shotcreting underneath the ground floor slab
  • Canopy tube installation works will continue until mid-March, this is a continuous process and will involve the use of a drill rig and a grout pump underneath the ground floor slab
  • Drilling for canopy tubes will conclude by 10pm each day and grouting will continue overnight
  • Grouting works will take place underneath the ground floor slab and are expected to generate low levels of noise
  • Following the installation of canopy tubes, works will commence to excavate the top section of the adit. This will involve the use of an excavator, a tower crane, a shotcrete rig, a concrete pump, and trucks to deliver concrete and remove excavated material
  • Excavation and excavated material removal will conclude by 10pm and shotcreting will continue overnight
  • Shotcreting involves the use of a shotcreting rig and a concrete pump. There will be up to two concrete deliveries per overnight shift to support this activity
  • There will be noise matting installed around the temporary concrete pump, which will be located on top of the ground floor slab, within the site
  • Concrete trucks will use the dedicated construction loading zone on Little La Trobe Street
  • Ventilation equipment and site lighting will be required during adit construction works

24 hour works

La Trobe Street site works

La Trobe Street site

7am to 10pm, Monday to Fridays, 7am to 6pm, Saturdays, ongoing

Steel fixing beneath the ground floor slab

10pm to 12am, Monday to Fridays, from mid-February

Concrete finishing works and oversized deliveries

10pm to 7am, Monday to Saturdays (as required)

Little La Trobe Street concrete pump operation

7am to 6pm, Monday to Fridays, 7am to 1pm Saturdays

Swanston Street concrete pump operation

24 hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing (as required) for tunnelling works

  • Shaft construction involves the use of excavators, a tower crane, and trucks to remove excavated material and deliver construction materials
  • Excavation works will continue until 10pm on weeknights and 6pm on Saturdays
  • Steel fixing using hand tools beneath the ground floor slab will continue until 12am on weeknights and are not expected to exceed background noise levels
  • Pile trimming works underneath the ground floor slab require the use of jackhammers, an excavator and hand tools and are expected to generate intermittent periods of high noise during the day
  • Hammering activities underneath the ground floor slab will conclude before 8pm
  • Concrete pours involve regular deliveries of concrete to the site, and the use of concrete trucks, concrete pumps, and concrete finishing equipment
  • Concrete pours will conclude by 10pm and concrete finishing works may continue overnight
  • Concrete finishing works are expected to generate low levels of noise and vibration
  • The concrete pump on Swanston Street is used to support construction works within the La Trobe Street site and tunnelling works in the cavern
  • There will be regular truck movements to deliver and remove equipment, construction materials and excavated materials
  • Truck movements to remove excavated material from shaft construction works at the La Trobe Street site will conclude before 10pm
  • A clamshell excavator will be delivered on an oversized truck between 1am and 5am on Friday 19 March.

Out of hours works

24 hours

Pedestrian walkway construction

Little La Trobe Street

7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturdays

  • Pending relevant approvals, works will commence in March to construct a pedestrian walkway through the Little La Trobe Street site
  • Traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists around a small works area on Literature Lane (refer to map)
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Normal construction hours

Creative treatment installation

Little La Trobe Street

7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturdays, ongoing until mid March 2021

  • Works to install a creative treatment onto the La Trobe Street site hoarding will continue until mid-March
  • During working hours, the Little La Trobe Street footpath adjacent to the La Trobe Street site will be closed to pedestrians. Pedestrian access will be maintained via the northern footpath (refer to map)
  • Traffic management will be in place to guide pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists around the works area
  • Access to residential buildings and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Normal construction hours

Electrical connection works

Swanston Street

8pm to 6am, Monday 1 March to Wednesday 3 March 2021

  • Works to run cables along Swanston and La Trobe streets will take place between 8am and 6pm on Monday 1 March. If works are not able to be completed in one shift they will be undertaken between 8pm and 6am on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 March
  • These works will involve the use of hand tools, a truck and light towers and are expected to generate low levels of noise
  • During these works a partial footpath closure will be in place on the Swanston Street western footpath (adjacent to the La Trobe Street site)
  • Traffic management will be in place to guide pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists around the works area
  • Access to residential buildings and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Out of hours works

Groundwater monitoring

Victoria, Franklin, Swanston, A’Beckett, Therry and Queensbury streets

7am to 6pm, Monday to Fridays, 7pm to 5am, Monday to Fridays, under lane closure, as required

  • There will be intermittent testing of previously installed groundwater wells on Victoria, Franklin, Swanston, Therry and Queensberry streets on the road and footpath
  • This involves setting up small localised traffic controls on footpaths and overnight lane closures on Franklin, Victoria, and Therry streets
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • These works are expected to generate low levels of noise.

Out of hours works

Oversized deliveries

All sites

10pm to 7am, ongoing

  • In addition to regular deliveries to site, out of hours deliveries will occur intermittently to minimise traffic disruption and to ensure the safety of the public and our workers
  • Oversized plant will be demobilised intermittently from the A’Beckett Street site between 10pm and 7am until mid-March
  • Oversized trucks will deliver segments of a gantry system to the Franklin Street East acoustic shed between 1am and 5am from Monday 1 March to Tuesday 9 March
  • A clamshell excavator will be delivered on an oversized truck to the La Trobe Street site between 1am and 5am on Friday 19 March.

Out of hours works

TBM tunnelling

State Library to Town Hall Station

24 hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing until mid-2021

  • Both tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were launched from the Parkville Station precinct in late 2020
  • The first TBM broke through into the State Library precinct on 19 December 2020. The machine was transferred through the station box and relaunched towards the Town Hall precinct in early February
  • The second TBM broke through into the State Library precinct on 11 February. The machine is now being transferred through the station box where it will be relaunched towards the Town Hall precinct in the coming weeks
  • On average the TBMs move around 10 metres every 24 hours
  • During tunnelling, the project team undertake survey and monitoring activities at ground level along the tunnel alignment
  • Properties located near tunnelling works will be contacted with further information before tunnelling occurs in their area.

24 hours

Cross passage construction

Parkville to State Library Station

Ongoing until mid-2021

Works to construct a cross passage beneath Swanston Street south of Queensbury Street have commenced. This involves:

  • Installing work platforms and steel bracing frames inside the completed sections of tunnel
  • Geotechnical probe drilling to collect samples and confirm ground conditions in each crosspassage location
  • Cutting through the tunnel walls using a wall saw
  • Using a small excavator to mine between the tunnels, and spraying concrete (shotcrete) to support the ground
  • Installing waterproofing membrane and lining the cross passage tunnel using steel reinforcement and concrete
  • Each cross passage is expected to take approximately six months to construct. Works will occur concurrently at different cross passage sites
  • All works will be completed within the completed sections of tunnel and are not expected to be audible at surface level.

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Hours of work

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Normal construction hours


7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
7am to 1pm, Saturdays.


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Out of hours


Some works are required to take place out of normal construction hours.


24 hours


24 hours


24 hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Traffic and transport impacts

  • A partial footpath closure will be in place on the Swanston Street western footpath (adjacent to the La Trobe Street site) between 8am and 6pm on Monday 1 March. If works are not able to be completed in one shift
    they will be undertaken between 8pm and 6am on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 March
  • There will be intermittent partial footpath and overnight lane closures on Victoria, Franklin, Swanston, Therry, and Queensbury streets to allow for groundwater monitoring

Ongoing

  • To ensure the safety of workers, motorists, and cyclists during the construction of the new State Library Station, a new 30 kilometre per hour speed limit applies on La Trobe Street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets, these changes will be in place for up to five years
  • The eastbound lanes on La Trobe Street are reduced to one lane between Elizabeth and Swanston streets, with the northern footpath closed to pedestrians
  • The Little La Trobe Street northern footpath adjacent to the Little La Trobe Street site is closed to pedestrians
  • The eastern entrance to Literature Lane is closed to traffic. Access to Literature Lane will be via the western entrance off Little La Trobe Street
  • The entire length of Stewart Street in a southbound direction is now one-way
  • A’Beckett Street is closed between Swanston and Stewart streets and gantry walkways have been installed on both sides of A’Beckett Street
  • A designated pedestrian access path has been installed around the laydown and storage area on the half basketball courts on A’Beckett Street

See our disruption section for transport changes.

Works area map

Map of State Library Station construction, showing the work sites, La Trobe St closures, ground water monitoring on Little La Trobe St and how vehicles can access Little La Trobe St and Literature Lane

Indicative only

Works look ahead

Timeline of works, all ongoing except for excavating the platform which will be completed by the end of December

Download notifications

DateNotice
01 Mar 2021 State Library Station monthly update March, 2021 (PDF, 2.0 MB)
13 Feb 2021 State Library Station monthly update February (PDF, 1.8 MB)
22 Jan 2021 State Library Station, works notification, January 2021 (PDF, 693.7 KB)
07 Dec 2020 State Library monthly construction update, December 2020 to January 2021 (PDF, 929.1 KB)
24 Nov 2020 State Library, Little La Trobe and La Trobe Street sites Traffic Changes, November 2020 (PDF, 785.0 KB)
04 Nov 2020 State Library monthly construction update, November 2020 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
15 Oct 2020 State Library, Little La Trobe Street, scrubber installation works notification, October 2020 (PDF, 244.1 KB)
05 Oct 2020 State Library monthly construction update, October 2020 (PDF, 5.0 MB)
17 Sep 2020 State Library, Little La Trobe Street concrete pump installation works notification, September to October 2020 (PDF, 270.6 KB)
08 Sep 2020 State Library monthly construction update, September 2020 (PDF, 1020.4 KB)
11 Aug 2020 State Library, Little La Trobe Street tower crane installation works notification, August 2020 (PDF, 421.4 KB)
31 Jul 2020 State Library monthly construction update, August 2020 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
24 Jul 2020 State Library, La Trobe Street traffic changes notification, July to August 2020 (PDF, 480.8 KB)
23 Jul 2020 State Library, concrete pours and groundwater well installation notification, July to August 2020 (PDF, 420.6 KB)
09 Jul 2020 State Library, Little La Trobe Street works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 427.6 KB)
03 Jul 2020 State Library monthly construction update, July 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
19 Jun 2020 State Library, La Trobe Street concrete pour works notification, June 2020 (PDF, 415.1 KB)
03 Jun 2020 State Library monthly construction update, June 2020 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
25 May 2020 State Library, Swanston Street concrete pump works update, May 2020 (PDF, 478.6 KB)
07 May 2020 State Library monthly construction update, May 2020 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
29 Apr 2020 Swanston Street footpath closure notification, May 2020 (PDF, 284.9 KB)
23 Apr 2020 State Library, Swanston Street concrete pump installation, April 2020 (PDF, 454.8 KB)
02 Apr 2020 State Library monthly construction update, April 2020 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
30 Mar 2020 La Trobe Street works update, April 2020 (PDF, 683.6 KB)
19 Mar 2020 La Trobe St Tower Crane Installation update, March 2020 (PDF, 437.8 KB)
04 Mar 2020 State Library La Trobe Street works notification, March 2020 (PDF, 437.7 KB)
04 Mar 2020 State Library monthly construction update, March 2020.PDF (PDF, 963.6 KB)
29 Jan 2020 State Library construction update, February 2020 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
20 Jan 2020 State Library, Cardigan Street service investigations, January 2020 (PDF, 374.2 KB)
02 Dec 2019 State Library monthly construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
03 Oct 2019 State Library construction update, October 2019 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
02 Sep 2019 State Library construction update, September 2019 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
13 Aug 2019 State Library construction update, August 2019 (PDF, 3.6 MB)
12 Jun 2019 State Library construction update, June 2019 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
10 May 2019 State Library construction update, May 2019 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
11 Dec 2018 State Library construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 628.9 KB)
07 Nov 2018 State Library construction update, November to December 2018 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
19 Oct 2018 Piling Works at State Library Station fact sheet (PDF, 2.3 MB)
24 Jul 2018 State Library construction update, July 2018 (PDF, 3.0 MB)