22 July 2014

Sometimes the Unbelievable happens

The following is an excert from today's Advertiser. I couldn't believe that this project was so outstanding. The certainly wouldn't have won any accolades for community consultation.

Mission impossible? NeverAdelaide Advertiser, Adelaide 
INITIALLY dubbed "mission impossible" by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the Goodwood Junction rail grade separation picked up the award for projects valued between $20 million and $75 million.

The $45 million project was regarded as having a highly ambitious timeline and several potential roadblocks, but joint venture partners Thiess and York Civil delivered the project on time and on budget.

The design and construct project formed part of the State Government's rail revitalisation program and in volved a 550m grade separation of the existing interstate freight and Belair passenger lines from the Seaford line.

The upgrade separated the freight and Belair lines via a rail overpass, eliminating the need for freight trains to stop for passenger trains and resulting in significantly increased freight efficiency.

The complex project scope included excavation and construction of a railway underpass 5km from Adelaide CBD, bridge and deck construction, creek diversion and new and upgraded rail infrastructure and pedestrian facilities.

Australian Rail Track Corporation freight services operated through the confined 30m-wide site during construction.

Earth Award judges said the project's success was in part due to a range of innovative construction techniques.

"The project was originally deemed 'mission impossible' given the highly ambitious timeline and potential roadblocks," they said.

"Key achievements included the diversion of Brownhill Creek and the cost-saving revetment wall which reduced piling requirements."

1 comment:

  1. is this some sort of joke?
    yes, it is a good outcome, but the journey was horrible!