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Safe Work Month

19 October 2017

Photo: Logan Enhancement Project workers discussing the importance of safety.

With changed traffic conditions now in-place within the Logan Enhancement Project corridor, it is timely for the project team to recognise the importance of Safe Work Month.

Safe Work Month, which is held in October each year, is about committing to improving work health and safety and remembering our most important reasons for staying safe at work.

Transurban Queensland Project Director, Andrew Baker, said to recognise the month, talks were held with workers about the importance of safety on the project, specifically when working in close proximity to live traffic.

“The safety of our workers and road users that travel past our work sites is Transurban Queensland’s top priority,” Andrew said.

“Roadwork speed limits are just one of the many safety initiatives employed on the project for the safety of workers and road users.

“Roadworks on the motorways are generally undertaken at night or on weekends when traffic volumes are lower, and work off the motorways is generally carried out behind safety barriers, which provides benefits to both workers and road users.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. It is easy to become complacent when with driving through roadworks. We ask that road users always obey roadwork speed limits and traffic control signage – to ensure that all get home safely, every day,” Andrew said.

October construction progress

18 October 2017

We’re pleased to announce that starting this month, we will be sharing monthly construction drone flight footage. It’s a great way to keep-track on the progress of construction.

 

 

Construction update

10 October 2017

Photo: Piling is underway at Illaweena Street, Stretton

A major construction milestone has been achieved on the Logan Enhancement Project, with the start of piling for the first of the 16 new bridge structures to be built as part of the project.

The piling is for the new Gateway Extension Motorway bridges over Illaweena Street, Stretton. Two new, three-lane bridges are being built, and these require a total of 33 piles, with the piles being bored to a depth of 12 metres.

Already three piles have been completed, which will be for the middle piers of the new northbound bridge. This new bridge forms part of the complex traffic staging, which when complete, will see traffic switched onto the new bridge and used by motorists while the existing bridges are demolished.

Once completed, the new bridges will accommodate the widening of the Gateway Extension Motorway from four to six lanes, as well as increasing the vertical clearance to eliminate the number of bridge strikes from trucks travelling along Illaweena Street.

Construction fast fact: What is piling?
Piles create a solid foundation to support a bridge by reaching a strong layer of soil or rock. There are different types of piling that may be used – bored, driven and continuous flight. Bored piling is underway for the new Gateway Extension Motorway bridges over Illaweena Street.

Bored piling is typically less noisy than driven piling, and involves a piling rig boring a hole in the ground. Depending on ground conditions, the piling may also require a steel liner to be installed into the ground prior to or during excavation. A prefabricated steel cage is lowered into the hole, with concrete then poured into the hole. Once the concrete has cured/set, the bored pile is complete.

September 2017 update

18 September 2017

Welcome to the first in a series of quarterly videos, which will give you an update on the latest project news and milestones.

 

 

Roadworks set to commence

6 September 2017

Photo: Transurban Queensland Project Director, Andrew Baker

Motorists are being encouraged to watch out for changed traffic conditions on the Logan Motorway and Gateway Extension Motorway, as roadworks get underway as part of Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager, Wes Ballantine, said the first thing motorists will notice is the installation of approximately sixteen kilometres of temporary roadside barriers along the motorways.

“The safety of workers and people that travel past our work sites is Transurban Queensland’s top priority,” Mr Ballantine said.

“From mid-September, barriers will be placed along the majority of the project corridor, which will allow vital construction activities to be safely undertaken off motorway running lanes.

“Once the barriers are installed, roadwork speed limits will apply – along the motorways the speed limit will be reduced to 80km/h, with all lanes on the motorways to remain open during peak periods.

Further speed reductions will be in-place for the safety of workers and drivers during off peak periods such as during night works and on weekends.

“Other safety measures to be used during construction include variable message signs to provide advanced notice to drivers about changed traffic conditions.”

Transurban Queensland Project Director, Andrew Baker, was on-hand today to inspect the temporary roadside barriers in preparation for their installation.

“The Logan Enhancement Project involves widening sections of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, improving key congestion hot spots (Mt Lindesay Highway/Beaudesert Road/Logan Motorway interchange and the Wembley Road/Logan Motorway interchange) and constructing new south-facing ramps at Compton Road,” Mr Baker said.

“The project will deliver significant benefits to the region, including reduced travel times, improved safety and the creation of 1300 jobs during construction.

“The community can find out more about the project and upcoming traffic changes and roadworks by dropping into the Visitor Information Centre, which was recently opened.

“The Visitor Information Centre is located at Unit 10/50-56 Kellar Street, Berrinba,” Mr Baker said.

Environmental benefits

31 August 2017

Transurban Queensland recently sat-down with two of the Logan Enhancement Project Environmental Reference Group (ERG) members, Prof. Darryl Jones from Griffith University, and Wayne Cameron from the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, to find out more about the environmental outcomes of the Logan Enhancement Project.

Visitor Information Centre now open

15 August 2017

Photo (from left to right): Transurban Queensland Project Director Andrew Baker; Logan City Councillor Jon Raven; Transurban Queensland General Manager Delivery Queensland Ian Sinclair; Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch; and Member for Logan Linus Power.

Community members are invited to find out more about the Logan Enhancement Project by dropping into the project’s Visitor Information Centre, which was officially opened in mid-August by a number of elected representatives and Transurban Queensland and CPB Contractors team members.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager, Wes Ballantine, said motorists will begin to see major construction activities commencing in September, including the installation of temporary traffic barriers along the motorway.

“From this point on, roadworks will be underway in earnest – all lanes on the motorway will remain open during peak periods, with the majority of works to be undertaken at night or on the weekends when traffic volumes are lower.

“The Visitor Information Centre is a one-stop-shop for all project news and information, and members of the construction project team will be available during business hours to answer any questions.

“The Logan Enhancement Project will require traffic changes throughout the next two years to enable construction to be safely and efficiently undertaken – the best way to keep up-to-date is to subscribe to receive regular project updates or drop-in to the Visitor Information Centre,” Wes said.

The Logan Enhancement Project Visitor Information Centre is located at Unit 10, 50 Kellar Street, Berrinba. The centre is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. The project team is available for appointments outside of these opening hours upon request.

Project works update

2 August 2017

Photo (from left to right): Transurban Queensland General Manager – Project Delivery, Ian Sinclair, Member for Algester, Leeanne Enoch, and Transurban Queensland Project Director, Andrew Baker.

Motorists will notice progress on Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project, as project signs have been installed at each entry point along the project corridor.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager, Wes Ballantine, said it was great to see early construction activities were progressing well as part of Queensland’s first Market-Led Proposal.

“The Logan Enhancement Project will deliver significant upgrades to the Logan Motorway and Gateway Extension Motorway, improving safety and travel times for drivers,” Mr Ballantine said.

“There will be economic benefits of around $1 billion over 30 years which will flow through to the wider south east Queensland community from this project.”

Project Director, Andrew Baker, said the project signage was a visual cue to drivers that they were entering a roadworks zone for the project.

“Nine project signs have been installed at the main entry points to the work site such as Wembley Road, Compton Road, Beaudesert Road and Mt Lindesay Highway,” Mr Baker said.

“The signs are an important safety feature as they signal to drivers to expect changed traffic conditions, including the presence of concrete traffic barriers, workers and traffic control devices.

“We are committed to keeping motorists moving during construction – we will achieve this by keeping all lanes on the motorways open during peak periods, with works that require lane closures undertaken at night and on weekends..

“A lot of the work can be undertaken off the motorway and behind barriers – we really only work on the road when we absolutely have to.

“As project elements are completed, they will be opened to traffic, so benefits of the project will progressively be seen throughout the construction period,” Mr Baker said.

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Working in the community

21 July 2017

As part of the Logan Enhancement Project’s commitment to working with the local community, the Transurban Queensland and CPB Contractors team recently helped to set a new world record for the longest continuous chain of people clasping wrists, all in the name of charity.

Project Director, Andrew Baker, said it was a great opportunity for the team to work with a number of key project stakeholders and give back to a worthy cause.

“Local charity, Hand in Hand, initiated and organised an event to raise money and awareness for brain cancer,” Andrew said.

“The event was hosted by Stretton State College and I’m proud to say the previously held world record of 2950 people clasping hands was broken, with a staggering 3300 people (including students) helping to set the new record.

“With a gold coin donation required upon entry, valuable funds were raised, with 100% of money going towards brain cancer prevention research.

“We look forward to continuing to give back to the local community throughout the course of construction.”

Giving back

3 July 2017

In-line with Transurban Queensland’s commitment to sustainability, the Logan Enhancement Project team has been working with a number of community stakeholders to identify initiatives in which the team can give back and create a positive lasting legacy.

In the last week, this commitment has seen the team work with the Stretton State College on Illaweena Street, by way of supporting their annual Market Stall.

The team also donated the six shovels used at the recent start of construction/sod turning event to a local environmental group, the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee. The shovels will be used by the committee’s three green armies that undertake planting and general bush clean-up along the extent of the go via network, including the Karawatha Forest.

Project Director, Andrew Baker, said giving back to the community, and creating a positive legacy was an important part of the construction of the Logan Enhancement Project.

“We welcome suggestions/input from other community groups on how we can work together to make a positive impact – simply call 1800 195 308 or email contactus@loganenhancementproject.com.au,” Andrew said.