Monash Freeway is the largest and busiest freeway in Victoria, and it’s currently undergoing a $1.08 billion upgrade. Led by CPB Contractors, these major works will see 36km of new lane, as well as 85 gantries to house on-road technology. The team is also building new sections of highway to connect freeways; improving interchanges and bridges; and developing new shared user paths for cyclists and pedestrians.
The project is required to have the lowest possible effect on the local environment. From residences to vegetation; air quality to water quality; soil contamination to noise, there’s a focus on minimising impact.
Jonathan Rowlands, CPB Contractor’s Environment Manager on the project, explains, “The project has contractual obligations to minimise the impact of the works on residents and the environment. We report in line with these obligations and we measure noise, dust and vibration across the works.”
Continuous monitoring allows proactive site management
The project team uses SiteHive Hexanode devices to monitor both noise and dust in real time. With two devices in permanent locations close to sensitive residential areas, continuous monitoring has meant the team can be proactive in managing issues and minimise the impact of site activity. For example, the works are using cement-treated crushed rock for some elements of the build, which can create dust. Jonathan says that they now manage this in real time so it doesn’t have an impact on the community.