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Wembley Road bridge demolished
19 November 2018
Last weekend saw another major milestone achieved on Transurban Queensland’s Logan Enhancement Project, with the Wembley Road bridge successfully demolished, to enable ongoing works to upgrade the Logan Motorway/Wembley Road interchange.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, said the existing Wembley Road bridge over the Logan Motorway was removed to make way for the new northbound bridge.
“Wembley Road is a vital link to and from the Logan Motorway, and with about 45,000 cars using this road every day, it cannot keep up with the growth that Logan is facing,” Ms Johnson said.
“This important project will boost capacity through the widening of Wembley Road from two to four lanes between Pagewood Street and Greenfern Drive, including replacing the existing bridge over the motorway with two new wider structures.
“Construction is about 65% completed with more than 1.8 million hours worked and about 700 people working on the project each day,” she said.
Fast facts – about the bridge that was demolished:
- two span bridge 25m each (50m total length and min clearance of 5.2m)
- one lane in each direction
- one shared user path
- 100m total of concrete bridge barrier and 50m of steel hand rail
- two concrete abutments and one concrete headstock supported on two concrete columns
- 12 total concrete girders (six in each bridge span).
October 2018 flyover
24 October 2018
Kids in construction
23 October 2018
We were thrilled to recently host four senior students from Stretton State College as part of a pilot work experience program on the project.
Over the course of the Term 2 school holidays, each student spent two to three days on-site, getting a taste of the many construction activities and associated roles it takes to deliver a major infrastructure project.
Transurban Queensland Community & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Lindsey Wowor, said the students were enthusiastic and eager to learn about the construction industry.
“During their time with us, the students were able to speak to various members of the Transurban Queensland and CPB Contractors teams, gaining valuable insights into how to get a job in the construction industry,” Lindsey said.
“Out in the field, the students were able to see first-hand some of the construction activities underway, including concrete pours and steel fixing as part of building new bridges.
“The intention is run this work experience program again prior to major construction finishing in mid 2019,” Lindsey said.
Free-flowing Beaudesert Road underpass out of the ground
22 October 2018
One of the Logan Motorway’s congestion hotspots is another step closer to being a thing of the past as construction progresses on Transurban Queensland’s Logan Enhancement Project.
Late last week the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Science and the Arts, Leeanne Enoch, joined the Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg and Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, to inspect construction progress on the new free-flowing Beaudesert Road southbound underpass that will take motorists onto the Logan Motorway towards Ipswich.
“It was great to be on-site today to see first-hand progress of the underpass that will improve travel time reliability and safety for motorists by removing the need to cross oncoming high-speed traffic,” Minister Enoch said.
Member for Stretton, Duncan Pegg, said motorists won’t have long to wait with the underpass opening to traffic in early 2019.
“I encourage motorists to experience a virtual sneak peak of new underpass by visiting loganenhancementproject.com.au,” Mr Pegg said.
Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, said a series of important project milestones are scheduled over the coming months with construction now 60% complete, and more than 1.5 million hours worked.
“Later this month we will move traffic onto the new southbound Wembley Road bridge over the Logan Motorway so we can demolish the existing bridge before starting work to build the new northbound bridge,” Ms Johnson said.
“The demolition of this bridge will occur from 8pm Friday 2 November through to 5am Monday 5 November 2018,” she said.
“To ensure the safety of motorists and construction workers there will be major traffic changes in the area during the works. I urge customers to plan ahead, allow additional travel time or use an alternative route.”
Bridge demolition milestone
2 October 2018
The Logan Enhancement Project recently reached a major construction milestone, with the successful staged demolition of the Mount Lindesay Highway/Beaudesert Road bridges over the Logan Motorway.
The mammoth task involved demolishing four bridges over the Logan Motorway – two over the eastbound carriageway and two over the westbound carriageway – over 22 nights throughout August and September.
The four bridges were comprised of 210 concrete deck units, 400m of bridge barrier, 16 columns, six headstocks and four abutments.
Project Director, Andy Richardson, said the work required to demolish the bridges was incredibly complex and high risk, and ensuring the work could be done safely with minimal impact on customers, was paramount to the project team.
“The demolition was safely undertaken through a combination of overnight ramp and carriageway closures, with access maintained at all times via contraflow on the opposing carriageway,” Andy said.
“Every morning, at the completion of the nightshift, the road was inspected to ensure that it could be safely re-opened to the more than 50,000 vehicles that travel daily through the interchange.”
General Manager – Delivery QLD, Ian Sinclair, said the project team had also reached another significant milestone, with the opening of all the new on and off-ramps at the Logan Motorway/Wembley Road interchange.
“We now look ahead the demolition of the Wembley Road bridge over the Logan Motorway in mid-October,” Ian said.
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22 August 2018
The design of Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project has been awarded an ‘Excellent’ Infrastructure Sustainability rating following a third party review by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
“Sustainability is a key focus for us. The Logan Enhancement Project has met the criteria in our design and it’s fantastic to be awarded a rating of excellent by ISCA,” General Manager – Delivery Queensland, Ian Sinclair said.
Sustainability achievements on the Logan Enhancement Project include our collaboration with local environment groups to shape improvements to fauna connectivity throughout the corridor, the use of an innovative asphalt product, and soft plastic recycling at all project satellite site offices.
“We are proud to challenge traditional views on road construction. By aiming to do things differently, we can realise significant benefits to the community and our environment throughout the design and construction of major projects,” Ian said.
The team is particularly proud and now looks towards construction and the ‘As Built’ rating to maintain this fantastic outcome. They recently celebrated at an industry event, attended by ISCA CEO, Ainsley Simpson, as well as key stakeholders including government and council partners, and representatives from local environmental groups.
Key Logan Enhancement Project sustainability achievements:
- collaborating with local environment groups and scientists to design measures to protect the wildlife of Karawatha Forest, including a new fauna overpass, underpasses, rope bridges and glider poles
- engaging over 580,000 people through a digital campaign leading to over 1,700 registrations for updates
- adopting sustainable technologies such as energy-saving LED highway lights and an innovative ‘EME2’ asphalt product that reduces the volume of materials required for road surfaces
- identifying approximately 200 items of Aboriginal cultural significance by hand-scraping at 24 sites- commencing recycling of soft-plastics—a first for the infrastructure construction industry.
Keeping drivers and road workers safe
23 July 2018
We are working hard on the upgrade to the Logan and Gateway motorways. Once completed, our upgrade will improve safety and reliability by making travel times more reliable – making it easier for you to get to where you want to go.
As we work towards this more efficient network, it has never been more important for drivers to be aware of the road conditions when travelling through work zones.
Historically, crash rates have been known to increase during roadwork periods more so than non-roadwork periods, and there are a number of reasons for this.
According to The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety* – Queensland, impatience and distraction are contributing to increased speeds in roadwork zones, putting the lives of road workers in jeopardy. This usually occurs at the approach areas to construction sites with most drivers speeding into construction sites well after passing reduced speed limit signs.
Aside from ignoring signage, a number of drivers are speeding through work zones because they are being influenced by other vehicles on the road.
When driving through work zones, it can be easy to go with the flow of the traffic, especially if the driver behind you is tailgating. Remember, don’t follow the crowd, slow down and be proud.
It’s estimated that each year in Australia, at least 50 deaths and 750 injuries occur to workers and the public in worksite crashes, costing more than $400 million in damages . The easiest way to bring this statistic down is to obey the signs and be aware of workers, even when they may not be visible.
We are working on making a more efficient motorway network – and as such, we ask that all drivers concentrate on the signs in place and make sure they are aware of workers.
And it’s not just roadworkers that drivers need to be aware of. Roadside controls, such as roadside barriers, that are put in place to protect workers are designed based on reduced speed limits. To avoid an accident, it is important that you obey the reduced speed limits.
The responsibility isn’t just on drivers however. Our workers know that they need to be careful when they are working adjacent to or out on the road. They are vulnerable and know to practice care.
To best protect yourself and workers when travelling through a work zone, there are a number of key tips to keep in mind beyond checking for signage and workers:
- Always keep a safe distance, not just between your vehicle and others; but also with the changed road conditions, ensuring you keep clear of barriers, construction equipment and workers.
- Try not to be pressured by other vehicles and allow for a minimum two second gap of braking distance between you and the car in front. Stay alert, minimise distractions and be patient of other drivers.
- Expect the unexpected, especially in the dark or during poor weather. Low light and reduced visibility not only make it hard to read signage but can affect your ability to judge changed conditions.
- Stay focused on the road and do not be distracted by what works are being undertaken.
With these tips in mind, you can maximise your safety and that of other drivers and road workers. At the end of the day, everyone wants to get home safely, so remember to slow down, respect road workers and share the road.
*Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2012). A review of the effectiveness of speed control measures in roadworksites. In Occupational Safety in Transport Conference, 20-21 September 2012, Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast, QLD. (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/54233/)
When we aren’t there – remember to be aware
12 July 2018
We’re working hard on the upgrade to your network. We’re urging drivers to keep aware of road workers, even when they may not be visible on the road.
While it’s great to see drivers slowing down when they can see road workers, many drivers are ignoring the reduced speed limits when workers are not visible.
The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland, state that drivers will travel about 20% slower when they see workers than if they do not. I’m urging drivers that risks are still very much present, even when road workers may not be.
Even if they aren’t there, drivers still need to be aware. The road is changing every day and as such, look out for signage and make sure your journey is a safe one.
While drivers may think that an empty roadwork site during the day means that it will remain empty at night, this is rarely the case. The majority of roadworks on our motorways take place at night, and unfortunately we’re finding that drivers are speeding more after the sun goes down.
Speeding at night through work zones puts lives at risk – it’s that simple. While our workers wear hi-vis, speeding reduces the time to react. We want to make sure that everyone makes it home safe, so remember to follow reduced speed limits.
While road workers are typically out on the road at night – this doesn’t mean that risks don’t exist during times when they aren’t on site either.
It’s not just workers that drivers need to keep an eye out for – roadworks often mean changed conditions such as the narrowing of the road or shoulders. This can create an increased risk of a crash if reduced speed limits aren’t followed, so always remember to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front, slow down and be aware.
To ensure the safety of all drivers and road workers (even when they may not be immediately visible), there are a number of tips that drivers should keep in mind before buckling up.
Be aware of signage and keep at least a two second gap between yourself and the car ahead. Expect the unexpected – even when road workers aren’t around, there may be lane closures, or narrowed road or shoulder widths. Stay alert and avoid distractions.
We hope that you keep these tips in mind while we work to build a safer network. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.