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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.

Andy Richardson
Project Director

 

 

Ramping up

10 July 2018

Motorists will soon receive welcome relief at the notorious Wembley Road choke point with the first of new ramps for Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project expected to open later this month.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey inspected the finishing touches to westbound off-ramp to Wembley Road at the upgraded Logan Motorway and Wembley Road interchange this week before its opens to traffic.

“The Logan Enhancement Project will improve safety and deliver faster travel times for motorists using this important interchange,” Mr Bailey said.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project would support economic development in the region, including its growing freight and logistics industries.

“The Logan Enhancement Project will deliver economic benefits of around $1 billion over 30 years which will flow through to the wider south east Queensland community, including the 1,300 jobs supported over the life of the works,” Mr Dick said.

Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch said the new ramps would be longer and dual lane, better suiting the heavy vehicles entering and exiting the motorway from Berrinba’s growing freight and logistics industry.

“11,000 vehicles use the eastbound and westbound ramps every day to access Wembley Road and the existing ramps and bridge can no longer handle daily traffic demands,” Ms Enoch said.

“The new ramps will relieve pressure on Wembley Road, with the new Logan Motorway westbound on and off-ramps connecting to the upgraded Anderson Street.”

Member for Logan, Linus Power said a new, two-lane, southbound Wembley Road Bridge over the Logan Motorway was expected to open to traffic in October, with the existing bridge to be demolished soon after.

“Work can then start on the new two-lane northbound bridge to provide four-lanes for Wembley Road over the Logan Motorway,” Mr Power said.

Transurban Queensland Group Executive Sue Johnson thanked motorists for their patience during construction.

“It’s more than a year since we broke ground on the project and we are about a third of the way there,” Ms Johnson said.

“It’s fantastic to see construction progressing and the benefits of the project starting to be realised for our customers.”

Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

For more information about these works and the Logan Enhancement Project, please visit www.loganenhancementproject.com.au or at www.facebook.com/LoganEP.

June 2018 aerial footage

6 July 2018

Check out our progress – one year into major construction…

 

Milestone reached

25 June 2018

It’s been one year since we broke ground on the project, and what a big year it has been.

 

Take a look at our progress

4 June 2018

The May 2018 aerial fly-through is now available.

 

Project milestone

31 May 2018

The first new off-ramp constructed as part of Transurban Queensland’s $512 million Logan Enhancement Project opened to traffic over the weekend.

Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, said the opening of the Logan Motorway westbound off-ramp to Mt Lindesay Highway southbound was a great milestone for the project.

“I have been really impressed with the project’s pace since major construction started in mid-2017, and it’s great to see the benefits starting to be realised with the opening of this new off-ramp,” Ms Johnson said.

“The project is delivering more than just roads. In July, work will start on a new dedicated 2km shared bike and pedestrian path over the Logan Motorway at the Mt Lindesay Highway and Beaudesert Road interchange, providing an important connection between Illaweena Street in the north to Acacia Street in the south.

“Delivering this missing link between two existing shared paths is another terrific example of how the Logan Enhancement Project benefits all road users.”

Transurban Queensland General Manager – Delivery, Ian Sinclair, said despite a wet first quarter of the year, construction was pushing ahead.

“The community will soon start seeing several new ramps opening to traffic, including the Mt Lindesay Highway northbound on-ramp to the Logan Motorway westbound, and the new Logan Motorway eastbound on-ramp from Beaudesert Road southbound,” Mr Sinclair said.

“Construction is about 30% of the way there, with more than 1,000,000 construction hours worked to date. On average, 600 people sign on to work each day, dedicated to getting on with the job of upgrading our network to provide better roads for our customers.”

Safety matters

25 May 2018

Nothing is more important than your safety. We would like to understand your views on speed limits through roadwork zones – please take this short, three-question survey.

 

Giving back

25 May 2018

We recently donated two GoPros to the students of Pallara State School, for use in their Environmental Program. The students will use the cameras to monitor glider boxes installed in the bushland at the rear of the school. Great initiative that we’re happy to support.

April 2018 drone footage

11 May 2018

The April 2018 drone footage is available below.

 

Southern Wembley Road bridge takes shape

3 May 2018

Work on the new two-lane southern Wembley Road bridge over the Logan Motorway is starting to take shape. Last month we installed 14 Super-T girders for the structure. In mid this year traffic will switch over to this new bridge, and work will begin to demolish the existing bridge. The new two-lane northern bridge will then be constructed.

The two new, two-lane bridges will form part of the upgraded Wembley Road, which is being widened to four-lanes between Pagewood Street and Greenfern Drive, as a result of the project.