Inner City Bypass upgrade hits construction milestone

Works to upgrade the city’s busiest arterial road is ramping up, with construction on the Inner City Bypass reaching a major milestone.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said piling works to create the brand new westbound on-ramp were now underway, which is a key feature of the flagship project, and will tackle traffic congestion.

“Council is taking real action on congestion to ensure a safer, quicker journey home for all Brisbane residents, and is getting on with the job of delivering the ICB upgrade, to address current and future traffic demands,” Cr Quirk said.

“This key linkage is expected to exceed capacity in four years’ time, with an additional 25,000 daily vehicle trips expected by 2031, which is why it’s crucial we complete the upgrade to meet capacity needs for the future.

“Along with the widening of the ICB from three to four lanes in both directions between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel, a key feature of the project is the delivery of a new westbound ramp to the ICB from Bowen Ridge Road.

“While providing a new entry point for vehicles, it will also allow buses to connect directly to the ICB from the Inner Northern Busway, allowing services to connect to Legacy Way in both directions, and the city’s next major transport project, Brisbane Metro.

“Piling works to deliver the foundations for the new ramp have now commenced, which will see the installation of twenty piles to support the new ramp.

“Each concrete pile weighs up to 19 tonnes, and these will be installed progressively over the next couple of months before concrete caps are placed on top to form the base of the ramp.”

Cr Quirk said work was also underway to widen the road in both directions, with traffic changes in place to ensure the safety of motorists and construction workers.

“As part of the upgrade, lane widths on the ICB have been reduced and safety barriers installed to accommodate construction works,” he said.

“Eastbound and westbound lanes on the ICB have already been narrowed to make way for construction, with the eastbound speed limit reduced to 60km per hour between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel, to ensure the safety of motorists and construction workers.

“In the coming weeks, further traffic changes will be in place to facilitate work inside the RNA tunnel, and I encourage all road users to take heed of the safety signage in place.

“The upgrade is expected to deliver up to 25 per cent travel time savings for vehicles, trucks and bus passengers, with a range of bus priority measures also incorporated into the upgrade to improve travel times, allowing people to get home more quickly and safely.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said the start of major works on the project was an exciting step forward for motorists who are eagerly awaiting an integrated, safer and more efficient inner-city motorway network when the project is completed.

“The ICB is a key transport corridor for Brisbane and this project will deliver real benefits to motorists. But it’s also imperative we keep traffic moving during construction which is why these changed traffic conditions are being implemented,” Mr Ballantine said.

“I’d like to thank motorists and the local community for their patience over the coming months while we deliver this critical project.”

Transurban Queensland is delivering the ICB upgrade, with BMD Constructions appointed contractor to undertake the upgrade works. Once construction of the upgrade is complete, Transurban Queensland will take over responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and operation on the ICB.

Initial works began on the ICB upgrade in December 2016, and the project is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

For more information on the ICB upgrade visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] 1 AUGUST, 2017