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Logan Enhancement Project fauna connectivity plan a landmark win for critical wildlife corridor

Beaudester Road Fauna crossing concept
3 March 2017

 

The Logan Enhancement Project’s plan for improving fauna connectivity has been labelled one of the most significant outcomes for road ecology in Australia.

The project Environmental Reference Group (ERG), which includes representatives from six local environmental groups, has praised Transurban Queensland’s solution to maintaining and enhancing fauna connectivity around the road network as a win of international significance.

The project, which was approved by the State Government in late 2016, is located within the Queensland Government’s designated ecological and conservation corridor linking the Karawatha Forest to the Flinders Range.

Recognising the importance of this green belt and the environmental significance of the surrounding bushland and wetlands, Transurban Queensland worked closely with the ERG to ensure fauna connectivity and the protection of the Karawatha Forest and other nature resources in the area were included in the final design.

The design includes a number of significant fauna movement improvements across the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the addition of new crossings, fencing, and refuge poles.

Griffith University Professor Darryl Jones, from the ERG, said the fauna solution plan was a landmark example of effective collaboration and would dramatically improve the safe movement of various species through the ecologically important corridor.

“The Logan Enhancement project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when all participants work closely to develop the best ideas to increase fauna connectivity of what will be a major new motorway development,” Professor Jones said.

“Already, the excellent relations between the parties has seen remarkable innovations and new approaches to road fauna connectivity that indicate that this project will be of both national and international interest.”

B4C Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron said the project design could be the most significant win for road ecology in Australia to date.

“We thank Transurban Queensland for the opportunity to work towards something worthwhile for our community and wildlife,” Mr Cameron said

“The project addressed every area the group identified and delivers a comprehensive mix of solutions across all the major areas, which will mitigate some of the impacts of major road construction and infrastructure through a valuable wildlife corridor.”

Project Director Andrew Baker, who was recently recognised by the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) for his contribution to fauna movement solutions across the network, said the environmental elements of the design were shaped by feedback received from the ERG.

“We will continue to work with the ERG throughout detailed design and construction on a number of key project elements, including vegetation removal offsets.”

Early works commence on Logan Enhancement Project

13 February 2017

CPB Contractors Pty Ltd is commencing early works in preparation for the construction of Transurban Queensland’s Logan Enhancement Project. This work will start late February and is expected to be completed by early June, weather permitting.

Early works will include but are not limited to:

  • geotechnical investigations such as potholing
  • use of machinery such as trucks, excavators, and utility mounted drill rigs.
  • delivery and unloading of materials
  • minor vegetation clearing if required to access sections of the project alignment and undertake investigations
  • cultural heritage and environmental investigations
  • site compound establishment.

Day time activities will be undertaken between Monday and Friday 6.30am-6pm and Saturday 6.30am-5pm. No activities will be carried out on Sundays or public holidays.

During these early works, you may notice some changes around your local area such as construction vehicles, traffic management signs and personnel. Work vehicles will also be entering the project corridor using local access roads at key locations.

More information is available on the Works notifications page.

 

Project feedback shapes design changes

Logan Enhancement Project
23 November 2016

Thank you to the more than 600 stakeholders and community members that provided feedback on the Logan Enhancement Project initial concept design throughout the detailed proposal phase.

The following key changes to the design have been directly shaped by stakeholder and community feedback:

  • replacing the uncontrolled right-hand turn from Beaudesert Road southbound to the Logan Motorway westbound with a free-flowing underpass, eliminating the need for traffic signals
  • replacing the existing Mt Lindesay Highway northbound to Logan Motorway eastbound cloverleaf ramp arrangement with a free-flowing connecting ramp which removes up to 40% of traffic prior to entering the interchange – this greatly improves the through northern movement along Mt Lindesay Highway / Beaudesert Road.
  • extending the scope at Wembley Road to include relocating both the Logan Motorway eastbound and westbound on and off-ramps, replacing the existing bridge over the Logan Motorway and upgrading Wembley Road from Greenfern Drive to Pagewood Street to provide four lanes (two through lanes in each direction)
  • providing numerous initiatives that will significantly improve environmental outcomes through the project, including new fauna crossings.

The final concept design will deliver greater benefits than the original concept design, at a minor increase to the original project cost. More detail about the final concept design is available here.

New community complex at Heathwood

Logan Enhancement Project
23 November 2016

To celebrate the Logan Enhancement Project and to create a lasting legacy for the community, Transurban Queensland will donate up to $2 million to create a community complex adjacent to the Logan Motorway at Heathwood. We will work with various stakeholders, including elected representatives and community groups, to ensure the ultimate use of the site provides the best outcome.

This initiative forms part of Transurban Queensland’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which we operate. More information about this initiative will be available in 2017.

Preferred tenderer announced

Logan Enhancement Project
23 November 2016

Following a competitive tender process, CPB Contractors has been awarded the contract to take the Logan Enhancement Project into detailed design and construction.

Detailed design will start in early 2017, with construction anticipated to commence in mid-2017 and take approximately two years to complete.

Consortiums shortlisted to tender for Logan Enhancement Project

2 June 2016

Two shortlisted consortiums have been invited to tender for the Logan Enhancement Project, as announced today by the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

This is the next step for Transurban Queensland in developing a detailed project proposal, as part of the state government market led proposal process, for the project to proceed.

Transurban Queensland will now work with the shortlisted consortiums over coming months to critically assess the current concept layout and produce a more detailed design.

Innovation in design is being sought.

One consortium will be selected by Transurban Queensland as the preferred design and construct partner for the Logan Enhancement Project.

The final project proposal will be submitted to state government in late 2016 for approval.

The detailed design will be publicly released for comment prior to submission to government.

The shortlisted consortiums are:

  • CPB Contractors Pty Limited
  • John Holland Queensland Pty Ltd

New proposal set to reduce congestion on the Logan Motorway

28 October 2015

Congestion black spots on the Logan Motorway and Gateway Extension could be eliminated following the Queensland Government’s decision to progress Transurban Queensland’s proposal to deliver vital upgrades.

The proposed $450m project includes upgrades to congested interchanges at Beaudesert Road/Mt Lindesay Highway and Wembley Road, widening parts of the Gateway Extension Motorway and constructing new south-facing ramps at Compton Road.

While the announcement does not commit the parties to the project, Transurban Queensland will now partner with the State Government to develop a final business case, select a preferred contractor as well as undertaking community and stakeholder engagement.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said the significant infrastructure project would deliver a safer, more efficient motorway and drive jobs and economic growth for Queensland.

“The project proposal includes interchange upgrades at key congestion and crash hot spots on the Logan Motorway, widening parts of the Gateway Extension Motorway and constructing new south-facing ramps at Compton Road,” Mr Ballantine said.

“The project will deliver a safer and more efficient motorway network by relieving local traffic congestion, reducing travel times and enhancing connectivity with other major road networks,” he said.

“The project will generate more than $1.2 billion in economic benefits for Queenslanders and support more than 1,300 jobs throughout the life of the project.”

In just over a decade traffic volumes on the Logan Motorway have doubled with an 800% increase in commercial vehicles, largely due to the strong population and employment growth to the south-west of Brisbane.

“There is a compelling need for action to keep traffic moving in this region and to enhance safety for motorists through better designed roads,” Mr Ballantine said.

“We will work with the Queensland Government to identify and investigate possible funding solutions. The proposal does not envisage any changes to car tolls,” he said.

The proposed scope for the project has been released. The project is expected to be delivered with no private land acquisition, no new land disturbance and with the potential to rehabilitate and give back elements of the existing corridor for community use.

Subject to receiving final government approval, construction is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed by early 2019.