Construction of the Bruce Highway Upgrade, Benaraby Overtaking Lanes has seen some action both over and under the Bruce Highway in recent days.
Nicole Batchler, CMC’s Project Manager for the project, said that the team had achieved a huge milestone for the project, breaking through the 2700 tunnel bore under the Bruce Highway.
“After two months of boring work under the Bruce Highway we broke through at the western end to complete this critical piece of work,” she said.
The team has also successfully managed a number of wide loads travelling through the site in recent days including a 7 metre wide load, two 8.5 metre wide loads and a 9 metre wide load. Nicole explained that with some good preparatory work, coordination and communication between our team and the approaching escorts, CMC successfully managed a safe passage for these wide loads.
CMC has been delivering the Bruce Highway Upgrade, Benaraby Overtaking Lanes since April 2015. The project is approaching final completion and has involved excavation works, drainage works, major cuttings, stabilisation works using soil nails and shotcrete, boring, landscaping, and bitumen sealing.
CMC completed works seven weeks early on the Monto-Mount Perry Road Upgrade, with the road reopened to traffic on 21 October 2015.
The upgrade now provides a safer and much improved road, along what was previously known as a crash-prone and dangerous stretch.
CMC’s project manager, Kevin Coyle, acknowledged the performance of the team to deliver the works early despite the project’s challenges including significant wet weather and Cyclone Marcia in February 2015.
“Achieving an early completion even with the wet weather impacts we experienced was an exceptional achievement by all involved,” he said.
“Cyclone Marcia had an enormous impact on the project, taking out a bridge that provided access to the site, and essentially cutting off our team from the works.”
CMC quickly re-assessed its works methodology, program and other options to identify an alternate access to the site.
The project comprised two five kilometre sections. Works were constructed under full road closures with a detour in place for through traffic.
The opening of the upgraded road was welcomed by the Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety, Mark Bailey, and North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Don Waugh.