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Legacy Way construction conditions toughest ever

28 June, 2011

Major construction works are set to begin on the $1.5 billion Legacy Way project that has the toughest conditions ever for a tunnel project in Queensland.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the 4.6km road tunnel connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong to the Inner City Bypass would have minimal construction impacts on local residents.

Cr Quirk said Council had a proven track record of working with the community to deliver major projects with minimal impacts such as CLEM7 and the Go Between Bridge.

“Council has learnt from the problems of Airport Link and have applied these to Legacy Way to ensure impacts on local residents are minimised,” he said.

“Building a tunnel instead of widening existing roads has meant we are able to deliver this project without having to resume any homes or businesses.

“There will be 87,000 less truck movements on Legacy Way because spoil will be removed via a conveyor system to the Mt Coot-tha quarry, not trucks going through local streets.

“I am determined to prevent the State Government’s Airport Link mistakes from occurring again which is why we are also going to great lengths to ensure the workforce does not park in local streets.”

He said Council proposed to house worker vehicles offstreet at the Toowong park n ride, the botanic gardens, the Ada Street car park and at Scenic Drive to stop local streets being parked out. Council is awaiting final approval from the Coordinator General.

While Airport Link conduct surface work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Transcity can only conduct similar works during standard day time hours (6.30am to 6.30pm) from Mondays to Saturdays. Any work outside these hours requires seven days prior notice to local residents.

Cr Quirk said an acoustic shed was being built to remove noise impacts from underground tunnelling. Transcity also faced stringent conditions to ensure there was no damage to cemetery headstones.

“Council is also reviewing the contractor’s performance monthly and they risk losing $6 million in payments if they fail to meet our high standards,” he said. “Transcity must also submit a half yearly audit report to the Coordinator General to determine whether imposed conditions have been met.”

Cr Quirk said major works were now underway at the project’s western worksite at Toowong.

“Piling works to build a foundation for the entry portals to the tunnel have begun and will create the ‘launch box’ for the tunnel boring machines to be assembled when they arrive next year,” he said.

Once open, Legacy Way will halve the peak hour travel time of journeys from the Centenary Bridge to the ICB. The project will create more than 5,000 jobs and $10.5 billion in flow-on economic benefits during its construction and is expected to be completed at the end of 2014.

Please contact a member of the Trancity's Community Relations Team on 1800 778 772 for more information regarding upcoming construction activities or visit their website.

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