One of Melbourne's busiest CBD streets will be partially shut for more than a year as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade to our city's lagging sewer system.
From this week half Spencer Street's southbound lanes will be shut from Little Lonsdale Street to the Yarra River with work to last up to 15 months.
The pipes along Spencer Street – installed in 1896 – are approaching full capacity and with nearly 2,000 apartments going up every year work is desperately needed to keep up with growing demand.
740 metres of extra pipes will be laid as part of a $24 million project to update the CBD's systems.
City West Water says a range of trenchless technologies will minimise the above ground impacts, bypassing the need for an open trench along the street.
"Through traffic, access to residential and business properties, as well as underground carparks, will be maintained," said General Manager of Infrastructure and Delivery, Maree Lang. "There will be no disruption to water or sewer services, and there will be no disruption to the tram network."
The project should be completed by early 2019.