Bowen Hills construction update

Between December 2020 and January 2021, UNITY Alliance will be continuing construction activities including relocation of public utilities, decommissioning of redundant infrastructure, earthworks and rock cutting.

 

Details of work

The following activities are scheduled to occur between 6:30am and 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday between December 2020 and January 2021:

  • Stage 1 – Lanham Street rock cutting activities are due for completion by Friday 18 December 2020 (weather and construction conditions permitting), with three to four more rock breaking shifts required. Once the sections of rock have been removed, soil nails and shotcreting (a spray concrete finish) will continue in this area until January 2021
  • Corridor widening beneath O’Connell Terrace bridge is due for completion mid-February 2021. This work includes the use of an excavator with a hydraulic hammer
  • Stage 2 – RNA Showgrounds rock cutting activities will take place between mid-February and October 2021
  • Removal of fencing and placement of protective hoardings within the rail corridor for stage 2 rock cutting activities
  • Relocation of public utilities (water, sewer, communications and electrical) within the RNA showgrounds precinct
  • Preparation for piling adjacent to the existing Exhibition station to create a solid foundation for future bridge works
  • Demolition of existing platform 3 at Exhibition station to allow for construction of the new Exhibition station building
  • Ongoing installation of mast foundations, cable routes and pits within the rail corridor
  • Surveying and investigating underground services, such as water, electricity and gas.

 

Christmas shutdown

With the exception of signalling and track works occurring between Roma Street and Bowen Bridge Road (details below), UNITY Alliance will close for the Christmas period between Saturday 19 December and Monday 4 January 2021.
 

Out of hours work

Additional activities will occur outside the project’s normal working hours but are timed to take place within a planned weekend track closure, as outlined below:

From Roma Street to Bowen Bridge Road and intermittently between 10:00am Thursday 24 and 12:00am Tuesday 29 December 2020, the following works will occur:

  • Signalling and commissioning works
  • Track and maintenance works.

At the RNA Showgrounds and Intermittently between 2:00am Saturday 23 and 2:00am Monday 25 January 2021, the following works will occur:

  • Demolition and rock excavation of existing platform 3 at Exhibition station (day and night shift)
  • Rock excavation works beneath O’Connell Terrace bridge (day shift)
  • Overhead mast foundation installation, signalling and track work within the rail corridor.

At the RNA Showgrounds and Intermittently between 2:00am Saturday 30 January and 2:00am Monday 1 February 2021, the following works will occur:

  • Continuation of demolition and rock excavation of existing platform 3 at Exhibition station (day and night shift)
  • Overhead mast foundation installation, signalling and track work within the rail corridor.

 

 

What to expect

During these works you may notice some intermittent disruptions such as:

  • Light vehicles, trucks and machinery including excavators, mobile cranes, small power tools, drills, saws, minor vibrating equipment and mobile lighting towers to light the work areas at night
  • Use of large machinery such excavators with hydraulic hammers to demolish the concrete platform and load material into trucks for transport
  • Changes around your local area such as construction vehicles, traffic management signs and personnel
  • Delivery trucks and workers’ vehicles entering the RNA Showgrounds via O’Connell Terrace and the rail corridor via Lanham Street and via Gregory Terrace and the existing Victoria Park access road
  • Some noise, vibration and dust associated with the use of heavy machinery and equipment
  • Water trucks will provide dust suppression during the demolition activities.

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