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Milestone reached in overpass project

03 February, 2014

Milestone reached in overpass project

The $82 million Telegraph Road Open Level Crossing Replacement Project reached another key milestone on Saturday with 17 bridge support beams craned in over the North Coast Railway line at Bracken Ridge.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was joined by Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper, Member for Aspley Tracy Davis MP and Member for Sandgate Kerry Millard MP to mark the milestone.

The Lord Mayor said the support beams formed the base for the construction of the four-lane road-over-rail overpass, which would reduce congestion and travel times for northside motorists.

“This essential work represents a milestone in the project, ensuring we are on track to open the new bridge mid-year and complete the entire project by the end of 2014,” Cr Quirk said.

“On Saturday, 17 horizontal beams weighing approximately 79 tonnes each were craned safely into position across the railway line.”

A Queensland Rail Scheduled Corridor Access System (SCAS) closure was held between 2am Saturday, February 1 and midnight Sunday February 2, to allow for maintenance work to be undertaken. Council took advantage of this closure to put the beams in place.

Local Councillor Amanda Cooper (Bracken Ridge Ward) said the project would ultimately result in the removal of the dangerous open level crossing on Telegraph Road.

“The existing open level crossing will remain open until late this year to allow for access to local housing estates while work is completed along the northern section of Lacey Road,” she said.

In addition to the construction of the overpass and removal of the level crossing, the project will include:
• Construction of a new signalised intersection at Lacey Road and Linkfield Road. This intersection makes provision for extension of Linkfield Road east over the North Cost Railway.
• Construction of a new signalised intersection on Telegraph Road which corresponds with the Linkfield Road extension near Langer Place.
• Provision for the future widening of Telegraph Road to six lanes.
• Allowing for the future addition of a fourth rail line by Queensland Rail.
• Allowing for the potential extension of the Northern Busway by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The $82 million Telegraph Road Open Level Crossing Replacement Project is jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government.

Member for Aspley Tracy Davis MP said the works would deliver a safe and more efficient road and rail network.

“This is an exciting stage in the construction of the overpass which will ultimately reduce congestion and travel times and improve safety for motorists,” Ms Davis said.

Member for Sandgate Kerry Millard MP said the project was part of the government’s promise to deliver better infrastructure.

“I would like to thank the community for their continued patience throughout construction of this overpass,” Ms Millard said.

Construction has now also commenced on Council’s $11.8 million Telegraph Road Corridor Upgrade at Bracken Ridge, which will be delivered in conjunction with the open level crossing replacement project.

Cr Cooper said Stage 1A would be delivered on Telegraph Road between the open level crossing and Norris Road.

“This corridor upgrade project will reduce congestion, improve safety for all transport modes and increase road capacity to accommodate existing and future traffic demands,” Cr Cooper said.

Both the Telegraph Road Corridor Upgrade and Telegraph Road Open Level Crossing Replacement Project are due for completion late 2014.

[ENDS] February 3, 2014

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