Current construction

Location: Corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road

Construction of the new sewer between 110 Scrub Road and Ewer Street is now complete.

The tunnel boring machine (TBM) was extracted from the Ewer Street shaft in early August. Following the extraction, a partial road closure will be in place for about 12 weeks while the final phase of work is completed at Ewer Street (subject to site and weather conditions).

What happens next?

Crews will remove the tunnelling equipment before grouting the pipe in place. This is expected to take up to eight weeks (starting early August).

Once these activities are complete, the 48m deep shaft will be converted to a permanent maintenance hole, which is expected to take up to five weeks to construct (starting October). This activity will require the use of large cranes, concrete pumps and trucks while the pre-cast maintenance hole is constructed and concreted in place.

Following this work, reinstatement of the road and kerb will commence (up to four weeks).

Working hours: Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 6.30pm 

Video: Time lapse of the TBM extraction after chomping its way through the depths of Carindale and emerging from a 48m deep shaft at the corner of Ewer Street.

Location: Corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads

After completing the tunnel from Pine Mountain Road to the corner of Ewer Street in April 2018, the tunnel was stripped and grouting completed during May and June.

In July, preliminary work commenced to start converting the shaft to a permanent maintenance hole. Completion of this work has been put on hold until the shaft at Ewer Street (750m north along Scrub Road) has been completed.

Construction of the maintenance hole at Pine Mountain Road is expected to recommence in November for about five weeks (subject to weather and site conditions). In the interim, minor maintenance will continue at the site, which may also be used for storing pipes and plant equipment.  The site will be accessed Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 6.30pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change in the program. The community will receive more detailed information as we progress with these final activities.

Location: 110 Scrub Road (near the Energex substation)

The first tunnel drive of 802m between 110 Scrub Road to Ewer Street was completed on Tuesday 31 July.

What happens next?

The TBM has been taken offsite for routine maintenance ahead of the next stage of tunnelling. 24 hour works will continue at 110 Scrub Road while crews prepare the shaft and tunnelling equipment for the return of the TBM.

It will then commence its final tunnel drive 754m north from 110 Scrub Road to Settlers Street Park.

Working hours:
6am Monday to 6pm Saturday until tunnelling finishes around October/November 2018 (ground and weather conditions permitting). Occasional machinery maintenance might take place Sundays between 7am and 2pm.  

Once tunnelling is complete, day work will continue from Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 6.30pm to convert the shaft to a maintenance hole, followed by restoration.

What to expect

Construction noise, vehicles and equipment, changed traffic conditions, safety lighting and some dust can be expected. A noise reduction wall has been installed around the worksite and noise suppression barriers placed around plant equipment where possible. At night there will be minimal vehicle movements apart from the crane lowering pipes into the shaft as required.

To register your interest in being updated, please email community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au.

Location: Settlers Street Park and Cadogan Street

Our contractor has commenced preparation work in Settlers Street Park and Carindale Reserve to construct the new sewer at the downstream end of the tunnelling alignment. This new sewer will connect the pipe in the tunnel to the existing network.

Working hours: Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 6.30pm

Work at this location involves:

  • setting up a worksite and compound just north of Settlers Street in the park and off Cadogan Street in Carindale Reserve
  • constructing a temporary access track from Settlers Street into the park
  • constructing a permanent access track from Cadogan Street into the park to allow for future maintenance access
  • open trenching between Settlers Street Park and Cadogan Street to install 300m of new sewer pipe across Bulimba Creek, including piling to support the pipe
  • temporary partial damming of Bulimba Creek to install support piles and the sewer pipe. This will be done in stages to ensure creek flows are maintained at all times
  • tunnelling 754m underground between 110 Scrub Road and Settlers Street Park
  • constructing an exit shaft to extract the tunnel boring machine in Settlers Street Park
  • constructing three large sewer maintenance holes along the pipe alignment in the park
  • completing tie-in works to connect the new sewer pipe to the existing network in Carindale Reserve

What to expect

Construction noise, vehicles and equipment, changed traffic conditions and some dust can be expected. Some vegetation will be cleared and any trees marked with 'R' will be removed in accordance with approved Council permits.

To register your interest in receiving project updates, please email community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au.

What have we done so far?

Since August 2016, the project team has:

  • constructed two tunnel boring machine exit shafts, one in Edwards Reserve off Tones Road, Mansfield and another on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road, Carindale. The Ewer Street shaft is an impressive 48m deep and took six months to construct
  • constructed three tunnel boring machine entry shafts, one on the Allen Innes Oval off Tones Road in Mansfield, one on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads in Carindale and one on Scrub Road closest 110 Scrub Road Carindale
  • tunnelled 582m between the Allen Innes Oval entry shaft and the Edwards Reserve exit shaft
  • tunnelled 852m between the entry shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads to the exit shaft in Edwards Reserve
  • tunnelled 700m between the entry shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads to the exit shaft on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road
  • tunnelled 802m between the entry shaft at 110 Scrub Road to the exit shaft on the corner of Ewer Street
  • installed a new sewer pipe along the edge of the Allen Innes Oval off Wecker Road, Mansfield
  • constructed a maintenance hole in Edwards Reserve, off Tones road
  • constructed a pedestrian footpath to enable access from Greendale Way across Scrub Road onto Pine Mountain Road.

What’s next?

Over the coming six months we will be: 
  • tunnelling 754m north from the shaft at 110 Scrub Road to Settlers Street Park
  • preparing the TBM exit site at Settlers Street Park
  • grouting the tunnel and converting the shafts at Ewer Street, Pine Mountain Road and 110 Scrub Road to permanent sewer maintenance holes
  • constructing two maintenance holes along the creek side of the Allen Innes Oval off Wecker Road, Mansfield.
  • open trench construction of 300m of sewer pipe in Settlers Street Park, Carindale and across Bulimba Creek
  • constructing two maintenance holes in Settlers Street Park and one in parkland off Cadogan Street, Carindale
  • connecting the new sewer into the existing network at either end of the pipe
  • restoring areas affected by our works as construction is completed along the alignment

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Our commitment

The project team is committed to minimising the construction impacts for local residents where possible. We will keep you informed about progress and provide regular construction updates for directly impacted residents. We will also work closely with the project contractor to ensure every effort is made to minimise the disruption.

At any time during construction, residents can contact the project team on 1800 071 230 (24/7).

To find out more

To find out more about the Bulimba Creek Stage 2 Sewer Upgrade or to register to receive project updates, you can:

  • Phone: 1800 071 230 (24/7)
  • Email: Community.Feedback@urbanutilities.com.au
Thank you for your patience during this essential sewer upgrade, which will cater for future growth and development in the catchment area and reduce the likelihood of sewage overflows.

Extracting the 45 tonne borer from a 48m deep shaft at Ewer Street (April 2018)

  

  

It's a long way down!

The exit shaft on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road Carindale is now complete and awaiting the arrival of the tunnel boring machine.

Channel 9 news ran a story about Queensland Urban Utilities' underground highway of sewer and water infrastructure.

Meet Sewey the Tunnel Boring Machine!

Caitlin Gamble was the winner of the tunnel boring machine design competition

We invited the Easts Mt Gravatt Junior Rugby League Football Club under 12 members to design and name our tunnel boring machine. Caitlin Gamble is seen here with her winning design. 

Sewey the Tunnel Boring Machine was launched on 25 November 2016.

Sewey is a 14m long, by 1.8m diamter wide tunnel boring machine that weighs more than 45 tonnes - the equivalent of six elephants. It has finished its first tunnel section from the Allen Innes Field to the Edwards Reserve exit shaft.

  Tunnel boring machine ready to start tunnelling from Allen Innes Reserve (MH7T)

Sewey pictured here in the launch position in the Allen Innes Oval shaft.

The shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is ready for the tunnel boring machine when it arrives in May

The shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is now complete and ready for the Tunnel Boring Machine to be brought to site around mid-2017. The site will be made secure and remain inactive until then.

Artists impression of Tunnel Borer in launching shaft and sewerage pipes being lowered into position

This graphic shows the tunnel boring machine in place and the sewer pipe being lowered into the sewer shaft. Tunnel boring is a trenchless technology that significantly reduces the impact of constructing a sewer on the community and the environment.

Tunnell Boring Machine exit shaft colar in place in preparation for shaft construction

Looking into the shaft at Edwards Reserve

Digging out the shaft in Edwards Reserve 

Caissons shafts are constructed using a hydraulic ram and concrete segments.When we hit rock and can no longer use the 'caisson' method of constructing the shaft, a digger is lowered by crane into the shaft and a hydraulic pick is used to break up the rock. Concrete (or shotcrete) is then sprayed onto the walls of the shaft.

Edwards Reserve construction site panoramic from the bikeway/footpath

A panoramic view of the Edwards Reserve construction site from the bikeway/footpath.

 Temporary access road to construction area around outside of rugby field

The temporary access road has been constructed to allow construction vehicles to enter the Allen Innes Oval site. The access road goes around the outside of the Rugby Club's football fields to minimise impacts on the Club.

Looking into the shaft on the Pacific Golf Club corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads

Construction of the shaft on the Pacific Golf Club corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is well underway.

Worker in cage being taken out of the shaft

A shaft construction worker being taken out of the shaft by a craned cage. The worker operates the digger down the bottom of the shaft.

Open trenching sewer

Where tunnel boring is not possible open trenching will be used. Open trenching involves digging a ditch then laying the sewer pipe. The ditch is then back filled and rehabilitated.

Background

Queensland Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that meet the evolving needs of our customers and enhance our communities.

As part of this commitment, we’re investing $55 million to build a new 4.25km sewer main between Wecker Road, Mansfield and Cadogan Street, Carindale. The project will cater for future growth and development in the catchment area and reduce the likelihood of sewage overflows.

Previous stages 1 and 1A of the Bulimba Creek Trunk Sewer upgrade were completed in 2004-2016 and 2011-2013 in Mansfield, Wishart, Eight Mile Plains and Macgregor.

The existing Bulimba Creek Trunk Sewer Services about 158,000 people to the south-east of the Brisbane CBD. It is comprised of about 62km of sewer pipes ranging in diameter from 375mm to 1,650mm and discharges to the Gibson Island Sewage Treatment Plant.

The Bulimba Creek Stage 2 Sewer Upgrade Fact Sheet can be found here

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