Widening works on the Swan Street Bridge

There are transport infrastructure upgrade works happening all over Melbourne’s suburbs at the moment, from the Level Crossing Removal works (featured in the previous post) to the extra lanes being added to the Tullamarine and Monash Freeways.  Closer to the CBD is one of the city’s most important river crossings, the Swan Street Bridge.

You can see the extra width being added to the Swan Street Bridge in this photo, which should help alleviate the bottleneck river-crossing for traffic heading to or from Richmond, or dangerous goods trucks not permitted to use the tunnels.  The works were supposed to be completed by the end of this year, but inaccurate hand drawn plans from the 1940s delayed progress.

Check out the Gallery for more photos recently taken around the Swan Street crossing of Melbourne’s Yarra River.

Wycheproof railway runs along the middle of the main street

Traffic management is a little unusual in Wycheproof, in central-west Victoria.  The railway line runs along the middle of the main street, known as Broadway to the locals, but it’s also the Calder Highway, the main route between Melbourne and Mildura.

The railway crosses half the highway at the southern end of Wycheproof. It passes through many cross-over roads through the town.  At the northern end of town it crosses the other half of the highway.  Despite all of these crossings, there are no boom-gates, no warning lights or bells.

You might say those tracks must be old and that there is no way so many unprotected railway crossings in the middle of a large town would be allowed in 2017.  However, locals tell me there are still regular trains passing through the town, especially during the wheat harvest season (December-January).  It’s actually very safe, as the trains are highly visible, very loud, and are restricted to very slow speed as they pass though Wycheproof.  Apparently, there has not been a single train related accident in Wycheproof for over 100 years.

Wycheproof railway runs along the middle of the main street

Browse my Wycheproof galleries here – gallery.vic.pics/Regional/Wycheproof 

Middle of the road

Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Sunday morning

Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, looking west towards Carlton.

Street photography early on a Sunday morning, especially during the holiday season when there’s not much traffic around, can allow you to literally photograph the street.  Standing in the middle of the road and pointing the camera down the white line, or tram tracks, can provide a different perspective in the city or inner suburbs where the usuall hustle and bustle would have you dodging busy traffic.

The street photos in this post where taken this week along Gertrude and Johnston Streets in Fitzroy and Collingwood.

Johnston Street, Collingwood on Sunday morning.

Johnston Street, Collingwood, looking east.

Johnston Street, Collingwood on Sunday morning

Johnston Street, Collingwood, looking west.

Rain clouds clear over Johnston Street Fitzroy, looking east.

Rain clouds clear over Johnston Street Fitzroy.

Foggy EastLink

Light trails into and out of the EastLink tunnels

Park Road in Donvale gives you a great view as it crosses over the EastLink tollway.  The Park Road bridge is the last on the city side before the roadway enters the tunnels, and was the perfect spot for me to set up the camera for some long-exposure shots.

I was hopeful of getting some sunrise shots from here, but the fog put an end to that idea, at least for now anyway!

Sunset between the shops

Setting sun between the shops and distant trees, Main Street Pakenham

Setting sun between the shops in Main Street Pakenham

This shot, taken in Main Street Pakenham, came about only by accident.  As I crossed the road from the National Bank the Sun caught my eye, it shone through the distant trees, visible only from the middle of the road through the gab between shops.

Phillip Island Road

The new Phillip Island Road to Melbourne

In 2014 the road to Phillip Island from Melbourne was replaced with this wider, flatter and more direct route.  While the original road, which still takes traffic from Wonthaggi, was realigned to create a safe intersection.  The section of the old road cresting the hill is now partly dug up and blocked off.

You can see more photos from this area, officially known as Anderson (just before San Remo) in this Gallery – gallery.vic.pics/Roads/Phillip-Island-Road

The old Phillip Island Road