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State Library precinct work notifications

Coronavirus and Victoria’s Big Build

Works have resumed safely with COVIDSafe plans in place to help protect workers and the community. Strict processes will be in place to check and record the vaccination status of workers entering construction site. 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 snapshot for October

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

  • Underground structures and lining works
  • Shaft construction at the La Trobe and Little La Trobe Street sites
  • Adit construction within the Little La Trobe Street site.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Structures and lining works

A'Beckett Street site

24-hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing

  • Ongoing structures and lining works continue at the A’Beckett Street site, involving the use of a custom-built gantry system to install waterproofing materials, formwork, and concrete along the arch of the central cavern and rail tunnels
  • Delivering steel and concrete using trucks and unloading materials within the acoustic shed
  • Overnight continuous concrete pours will take place more frequently at the A’Beckett Street site to construct the platform tunnel invert and lining works.

24 hour works

Structures and lining works

Franklin Street site

24-hours, Monday to Sundays, ongoing

  • Works continue at the Franklin Street East and Franklin Street West sites. Key activities within the acoustic sheds involve strut removal, steel tying, waterproofing and concreting to construct slabs and walls from the bottom level up
  • Delivering steel and concrete using trucks and unloading materials within the acoustic shed.

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 now commence in late- October. This involves the removal and delivery of equipment and site sheds, relocation of hoarding and installation of services
  • Some road closures will be required during service installation works. Directly impacted stakeholders will be provided more information closer to the time.

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Shaft construction

Little La Trobe Street site

Shaft construction

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

Concrete finishing works and oversized deliveries

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

  • Shaft construction is ongoing at the Little La Trobe Street site and involves the use of excavators, a tower crane, concrete pump, hand tools, an elevated work platform, and trucks to remove spoil and deliver construction materials including concrete and steel
  • Construction of the shaft floors, walls and columns involve steel fixing, waterproofing, formwork installation 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
  • Concrete finishing works are expected to generate low levels of noise and vibration
  • For safety reasons, ventilation equipment will be required during all works within the shaft, 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 material.

Out of hours works

Adit construction

Little La Trobe Street site

24 hours, Monday to Saturdays

  • Construction of an adit (underground passenger connection) between the Little La Trobe and La Trobe Street will recommence from within the Little La Trobe Street shaft in December
  • Adit construction involves the use of an excavator, a tower crane, a shotcrete rig, a concrete pump, and trucks to deliver concrete and remove excavated materials
  • Shotcreting and rockbolting works are required overnight to ensure safe ground conditions within the adit
  • Shotcreting involves the use of a shotcreting rig within the adit and a concrete pump on the surface
  • Rock bolting requires the use of an electric powered rock bolting machine within the adit
  • Truck movements to remove excavated material will conclude by 12am
  • There will be up to four concrete deliveries per overnight shift
  • Ventilation equipment and site lighting will be required during adit construction works.

24 hour works

Shaft construction

La Trobe Street site

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

Excavation and steel fixing

10pm to 12am, Monday to Fridays, ongoing

Concrete finishing works and oversized deliveries

10pm to 7am, Monday to Fridays (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
  • Excavation using a clamshell excavator above ground, and excavators below the ground floor slab will continue to take place between 10pm and 12am on weeknights
  • Construction of the shaft floors, walls and columns involve steel fixing, waterproofing, formwork installation and concrete pours
  • Steel fixing below the ground floor slab using hand tools will take place between 10pm and 12am on weeknights
  • Concrete pours involve regular deliveries, and the use of concrete trucks, concrete pumps, and concrete finishing equipment
  • Concrete pours must be continuous to ensure structural integrity and therefore may occasionally continue outside of notified hours
  • Concrete finishing works are expected to generate low levels of noise and vibration
  • Hydro demolition works will also recommence underground within the shaft in October
  • These works will take place primarily during the day and will generate intermittent periods of medium level noise
  • 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
  • For safety reasons, ventilation equipment will be required during all works within the shaft, and site lighting will be required for evening and overnight works
  • 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.

24 hours

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
  • Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

See our disruption section for transport changes.

Download notifications

DateNotice
07 Oct 2021 State Library, construction update, October 2021 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
03 Sep 2021 State Library, construction update, September 2021 (PDF, 961.8 KB)
02 Aug 2021 State Library, construction update, August 2021 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
06 Jul 2021 State Library, construction update, July 2021 (PDF, 758.3 KB)
02 Jun 2021 State Library, construction update, June 2021 (PDF, 889.0 KB)
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)
24 Jul 2018 State Library construction update, July 2018 (PDF, 3.0 MB)