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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 May

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

  • Underground structures and lining works
  • Installation of a temporary deck at the La Trobe Street site
  • 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
  • Tension anchors will be installed at the base of the Franklin Street West shaft in May. This involves the use of a drill rig, the delivery of steel and concrete using trucks, and unloading materials within the Franklin Street West acoustic shed
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

24 hour works

Laydown area changes

Franklin Street West site

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

  • Works to reconfigure the Franklin Street West site laydown area will take place in May. These works will include the removal and delivery of equipment and site sheds using trucks
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

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Structures and lining works

A'Beckett Street site

24 hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing

  • The A’Beckett Street site will continue to support underground structures and lining works
  • These works include the installation of waterproofing materials, formwork, and concrete along the arch of the central cavern (tunnel). This involves the delivery of steel and concrete using trucks and unloading materials within the acoustic shed
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

24 hour works

Shaft and adit construction works

Little La Trobe Street site

Shaft and adit construction

7am to 10pm, Monday to Fridays and 7am to 6pm, Saturday, ongoing

Concrete finishing works and oversized deliveries

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

  • Works to construct the Little La Trobe shaft are continuing
  • Shaft construction involves the use of excavators, a tower crane, hand tools, an elevated work platform, and trucks to excavate, remove excavated soil and deliver construction materials
  • Construction of the shaft floors, walls and columns involves steel fixing, waterproofing, installing formwork and concrete pours
  • Concrete pours involve concrete trucks, a tower crane and concrete finishing equipment
  • Concrete pours must be continuous to ensure structural integrity and therefore may occasionally continue outside of notified hours
  • There will be two large continuous concrete pours at the Little La Trobe Street site in May. Following the completion of a concrete pour, concrete finishing works will continue overnight and are expected to generate low levels of noise
  • Works to construct an adit (underground connection) between the Little La Trobe and La Trobe Street sites are continuing
  • Pile breakback works will continue within the adit until mid-May. These works involve the use of excavators and will take place during standard construction hours
  • For safety reasons, ventilation equipment will be required during all works within the shaft and adit, and site lighting will be required for evening and overnight works
  • Trucks will continue to use the loading zone on Little La Trobe Street to deliver and remove equipment, construction materials and excavated materials.

Out of hours works

Shaft construction

La Trobe Street site

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

Steel fixing beneath the ground floor slab

10pm to 12am, Monday to Fridays, ongoing

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 Saturdays, ongoing (as required)

Swanston Street concrete pump operation

24 hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing (as required)

  • Shaft excavation involves the use of excavators, a tower crane, and trucks to remove excavated materials from the site
  • Truck movements to remove excavated materials will conclude by 10pm on weeknights and 6pm on Saturdays
  • Construction of the shaft floors, walls and columns involves steel fixing, waterproofing, installing formwork and concrete pours
  • Concrete pours involve regular deliveries, 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
  • Excavation using an excavator only, and steel fixing using hand tools will take place between 10pm and 12am on weeknights underneath the ground floor slab, these works are not expected to exceed background noise levels
  • Pile trimming works require the use of jackhammers, an excavator and hand tools, and are expected to generate intermittent periods of high noise
  • Works to construct a temporary deck over the ground floor slab penetration will continue in May. These works involve steel deliveries, the use of elevated works platforms, a tower crane and rattle guns
  • The concrete pump on Little La Trobe Street is used to support construction at the La Trobe Street site
  • The concrete pump on Swanston Street is used to support construction at the La Trobe Street site and tunnelling works in the cavern beneath Swanston Street
  • There will be regular truck movements to deliver and remove equipment, construction materials and excavated materials.

Out of hours works

Groundwater monitoring

Victoria, Franklin, Swanston and Therry 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, and Therry 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
  • Traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists around the work areas
  • 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.

Out of hours works

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.


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24 hours


24 hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Traffic and transport impacts

Ongoing

  • To ensure the safety of workers, motorists, and cyclists during the construction of the new State Library Station, a 30 kilometre per hour speed limit is in place on La Trobe Street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets
  • The eastbound lanes on La Trobe Street are reduced to one lane between Elizabeth and Swanston streets, with the northern footpath closed to pedestrians adjacent to the La Trobe Street site
  • 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 is 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
05 May 2021 State Library, construction update, May 2021 (PDF, 984.6 KB)
06 Apr 2021 State Library Station monthly construction update, April 2021 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
26 Mar 2021 State Library Station, tree removal works notification, March 2021 (PDF, 278.2 KB)
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)