The $27.5 million Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass in Queensland has opened to traffic a month ahead of schedule.

SEE Civil has been constructing the project on behalf of Transport and Main Roads, and Scenic Rim Regional Council, and will be on site undertaking final tasks such as landscaping, site clean-up and other minor works.

The bypass construction included:

  •        53,000 cubic metres of embankment fill
  •        2,200 cubic metres of concrete used across the site such as for culvert base slabs, headwalls and bridge abutments and footpaths
  •        10,650 tonnes of asphalt having been laid across the new road and intersections
  •        26 x 23-m piles and 57 x 18-m bridge deck units manufactured locally

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said, “It is with great pleasure that after eight months of construction – which included challenging conditions due to ex-TC Debbie flooding – I announce the town centre bypass is open.”

“The bypass starts at the intersection of the Mount Lindesay Highway (Brisbane Street) and Helen Street and connects to Bromelton Street (Beaudesert–Boonah Road), with new signalised intersections at each end.

“This is an important project as the bypass will provide a more efficient route for motorists around the town centre while reducing the flow of heavy vehicle traffic through Beaudesert.

“It also created around 85 jobs during the project, which is a long-term investment in the local road network.”

Acting Main Roads and Road Safety Minister, Steven Miles, said construction started in mid-January 2017 and was progressing well until Tropical Cyclone Debbie brought more than 300mm of rain to the project site and the Logan River at Beaudesert, exceeding all previous flood levels.

“About 80 per cent of the project site was impacted by flood water, with damage to the earthworks and delays on installing culverts due to saturated foundations,” Mr Miles said.

“Despite putting the construction back several weeks, the team was determined to make up the lost time.

“To mitigate flooding, we have built a 50m bridge over Spring Creek and installed five new drainage culverts along the alignment and upgraded the existing culverts on Bromelton Street.

“The fast construction of Spring Creek Bridge assisted in getting the project completed ahead of schedule.

“The bridge piles and deck units were manufactured at Bromelton, and the local community may have seen them being delivered to site along Beaudesert–Boonah Road and Brisbane Street during April and May 2017.”

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