Project progress update - August 2023

The tunnel boring machine (TBM) has finished it's 1km journey and broken through at the retrieval shaft! 

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About the project

Urban Utilities and our delivery partner, Fulton Hogan Utilities are building a new trunk sewer pipe which will run from Bowen Hills to Windsor.

The new pipe will cater for our growing community, with this catchment area expected to grow by around 37,000 people over the next 30 years.

With a diameter of 1.8 metres, the new one kilometre sewer will transport the wastewater from thousands of homes and businesses to the Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre where it’s treated.

The site compound has been established near Perry Park at the corner of Folkestone Road and Edmondstone Street, Bowen Hills.

A vertical launch shaft has been constructed in the Perry Park site and the retrieval shaft is being constructed adjacent to the Airport Link northbound entry ramp and Lutwyche Road intersection to depths of approximately 14 metres below ground.  

The TBM was installed on Monday, 13 March 2023 and reached the retrieval shaft on Wednesday, 9 August 2023. 

The TBM was disassembled and demobilised from site later the same day. 

The next stages of this project are sewer pipe completion works. This includes stripping the sewer pipe cables and hoses, grouting the external annulus, HDPE welding the pipes together and pressure testing.

Work hours

Sewer pipe completion works are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday – 6am to 6pm
 
 
 
 
Project benefits and impacts

We’re building a new trunk sewer pipe which will run from Bowen Hills to Windsor.

The new pipe will cater for our growing community, with this catchment area expected to grow by around 37,000 people over the next 30 years.

In October 2022 Perry Park was closed. We previously advised that the Perry Park shade sails and play equipment would remain.

However, due to the number and size of the equipment manoeuvring in proximity to the play equipment, we have decided to close the area as a safety precaution. 

The site compound will be in place for approximately 18 months until the project is complete.

What can I expect?
  • Noise from construction machinery, equipment and vehicles, transport of materials to and from site and other required equipment during these works
  • Traffic controllers will assist machinery and equipment for entry and existing site as required
  • During these important works, environmental monitoring equipment will be installed to monitor construction activities
  • works will be contained within two areas, Perry Park and within a small area adjacent to the Airport Link north bound entry ramp and Lutwyche Road.
  • Perry Park will be temporarily closed for 18 months, weather and site conditions permitting
  • Access into the YMCA/Striker fields will not be impacted by these works.
  • Traffic control will be onsite as required to help minimise the impact on the community whilst construction vehicles enter and exit the site compounds .

Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on the local community.

Urban Utilities and Fulton Hogan Utilities appreciate your patience and cooperation while these important works are carried out. 

Preparation for the retrieval shaft in Windsor.

 

The retrieval shaft completed and ready for the TBM to break through, a depth of 14m below ground.

 

Wednesday 9 August 2023 - The TBM break through at the retrieval shaft.

 

The TBM retrieval shaft location adjacent to the Airport Link northbound entry ramp and Lutwyche Road Intersection.

 

 

More information

If you'd like to learn more about the project, or register for project updates, you can contact the project team via:

Phone: 1800 573 215

Email: networks.community@fultonhogan.com.au

Project factsheets 

View project fact sheet here

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