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Director-General visits Mein Deviation team

On 2 November 2015, Neil Scales, Director-General of Transport and Main Roads visited the Cape York Region to see first-hand how works were progressing in the far north.

One of the projects visited was CMC’s Mein Deviation where CMC has been working since mid-August.

Mr Scales noted in a statement “how pleased he was with the reasonable and solution-focussed attitudes of the people that he met with.”

He also stated that this package of work on the PDR [Peninsula Developmental Road] will drive economic development on the Cape.

Project manager Mr John Deste said that the visit by Mr Scales recognised the political sensitivities of the project and the efforts that CMC have made in achieving the Key Result Areas of:

  • Indigenous and non-indigenous training and up-skilling
  • Implementation of the indigenous economic opportunities
  • Local Industry Participation

The Mein Deviation involves construction of a 29 kilometre sealed road. Works largely involve earthworks, pavement works, drainage, and bitumen sealing works with major quantities including 164,538 cubic metres of fill material, 72,256 cubic metres of gravel, and 113 metres of culverts.

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CMC wins three of the nation’s top civil engineering awards

On Friday 16 October 2015, CMC won three national awards at this year’s prestigious CCF National Earth Awards and National Civil Train Awards held in Melbourne.

CMC’s managing director, Peter Kendall attended the evening and was overjoyed to receive the awards on behalf of CMC, with the company recognised at the highest level for outstanding performance.

“The CCF National Earth Awards are one of the nation’s highest and most sought after industry awards,” said Mr Kendall.

“For CMC to walk away with two project awards, plus a national training award was a fantastic result and proud moment for CMC and the people that work hard on site, delivering our client’s projects every day.”

Congratulations to the project teams who worked on the following winning projects:

  • Category 2 – $2 million to $10 million: West Creek and Goggs Street, Toowoomba, Package 41.
  • Category 5 – $75 million to $150 million: Pacific Motorway Upgrade (Worongary to Mudgeeraba).

Both outstanding project, the West Creek and Goggs Street, Toowoomba project was recognised for its commitment to the community and the environment during the works program; whilst the Pacific Motorway Upgrade was recognised for the team’s execution of the works under high traffic volumes and within a tiny construction envelope, particular for the bridgeworks.

Congratulations also to Harvey Neville for his steadfast commitment and achievement of the following award.

  • Civil Train National Trainee of the Year Cert III Award: Harvey Neville, CMC.
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Benaraby breaks through

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.

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Monto-Mount Perry Road reopens early

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.

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CMC Awarded the Mein Deviation Upgrade

 

CMC have been awarded the Mein Deviation Upgrade.

The project is a 29km unsealed part of the Peninsula Developmental Road in far north Queensland. The scope of works comprises of earthworks, pavements, drainage and bitumen sealing works.

The works will improve the travelling conditions in this area for tourist and transport operators while also increasing the job opportunities for the local community.

Works started mid-August 2015 and the CMC team looks forward to delivering this project with excellence.

 

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Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge reaches practical completion

CMC successfully delivered the Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge on 16 June 2015, with local commuters now enjoying full use of this new and improved piece of infrastructure.

Located approximately 1.6 kilometres from the Warrego Highway, CMC was appointed by Toowoomba Regional Council to deliver the Kingsthorpe Haden Road Bridge over Gowrie Creek.

CMC proposed an alternative primer seal design that, once in place, enabled construction to continue across the tie-in areas and through the bulk of the site. The initiative eliminated the need to construct a side track for public traffic and also the requirement to execute complex traffic staging.

Works included construction of the new bridge structure, remediation of the creek banks, removal of the existing road embankment and stabilisation of all exposed earth prior to demobilisation.

Led by project manager, Mr John Deste, the team successfully overcame a number of challenges relating to services relocations, driven piles, and wet weather to deliver the works.

All works were completed with zero LTIs.

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CMC’s smart programming completes North Bundaberg project on time

Friday 12 June 2015, saw the completion of CMC’s Bundaberg – Gin Gin Road Evacuation Route Upgrade (Mount Perry Road).

CMC successfully reached practical completion one day early, with a smart approach to programming allowing stage two works to be commenced concurrently with stage one.

Construction Manager, Glen Mosch said that one of the early challenges faced by the team surrounded construction staging of the side track, with three stages programmed to run consecutively.

“We identified that stage two works were not only labour intensive, but could be started immediately without having a design in place for the side track,” Mr Mosch said.

“Doing this won us significant time on the program which later reduced the impact to program caused by severe wet weather,” he said.

CMC’s scope of work largely involved upgrading an existing road to a level 300mm above the 2013 flood level, providing an evacuation route for the people of North Bundaberg during flooding. Works consisted of road widening, embankment construction, stormwater drainage, pavement works, and the construction of open drains.

Flood mitigation features also included the construction of a ten cell culvert spanning 40 metres to allow flood waters to travel under the main alignment. Two levee banks lined with an Elcoseal liner were also constructed to channel flood waters away from adjoining residential properties.

Mr Mosch also said that traffic, pedestrian and stakeholder management were high priorities for CMC with the project located on one of Bundaberg’s busiest roads (15,000 vpd), and within walking distance of three local schools.

“Traffic and pedestrian management plans were supported by ongoing communication, particularly with each of the three School Principals,” he said.

CMC’s commitment and strong previous relationships within the community were also evident, with excess excavated material donated and delivered as fill for the new hockey pitch and netball courts.

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CMC Awarded Kingsthorpe Haden Road – Gowrie Creek Bridge

CMC have been engaged by Toowoomba Regional Council to complete the Kingsthorpe Haden Road – Gowrie Creek Bridge.

The project is located at Kingsthorpe Haden Road, Toowoomba and is approximately 1.6 kilometres from the Warrego Highway.

The works includes the construction of the new bridge structure, remediation of the creek banks, removal of the existing road embankment and stabilisation of all exposed earth prior to demobilisation

 

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CMC Awarded HW10 Pacific Highway

CMC are pleased to announce the award of Halfway Creek to Glenugie – Woolgoolga to Ballina (Section 2).

The project is situated approximately 50 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour between two other upgraded sections of the Pacific Highway, while neighbouring another Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) contract for the duplication between Woolgoolga and Halfway Creek.

The project involves construction of approximately 15 kilometres of roadway including construction of lean mix concrete subbase, plain concrete base, associated finishes and furniture, twin bridges over Halfway Creek and twin bridges over Wells Crossing. Other major items of work include public utility adjustments, bridge demolition and design and construction of heavy vehicle inspection station facilities.

CMC looks forward to beginning these works in April 2015.

 

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CMC Awarded the Upgrade of the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek

CMC have been engaged by Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to complete the Upgrade of the Princes Highway at Termeil Creek NSW.

The project involves replacing the existing Termeil Creek Bridge with a new three span bridge, realigning of the Princes Highway for about 1.1 kilometres north of the bridge, widening the Princes Highway for 0.5 kilometres south of the bridge and, all associated works.