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Mandurah Bridge opens just in time for holiday season

Thursday 09, November 2017

The new Mandurah Traffic Bridge has officially opened all four lanes just in time for Christmas with Hon. Minister Rita Saffioti opening the bridge on Friday, 15 December.

Georgiou first opened the bridge to two lanes of traffic under restricted conditions in September 2017.

The stunning curved structure was built in 13 segments on the western foreshore with the team utilising the incremental bridge launch method to push the bridge over the estuary. 

Despite its simplistic appearance, the new Mandurah Traffic Bridge proved to be a complex job for our Engineering team with various challenges to ensure the curves aligned across all three cross sections.

“The design of the new bridge was complex and the construction challenging,” explained Project Manager Anthony Deurloo.

“The structure is curved in three directions – it’s curved in elevation, in plan and, in cross-section, it has a curved soffit.

“It was a very technical build. The casting bed framework we created was an extrapolation of the constant curve and the tolerances that we had to construct to were very tight. The cross section of the bridge was also rare; it’s asymmetrical as it features a lowered pedestrian footpath on one side.

“From an engineering point of view, it’s been rewarding and satisfying but a rather difficult build.”

Mayor of the City of Mandurah Rhys Williams said completion of the roadworks for the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project marks a significant milestone for the Mandurah community as they have worked hard over a number of years to develop and implement a plan to replace the old bridge.

"The project has been a well-orchestrated partnership between the City of Mandurah, State Government and the design and construction contractor, Georgiou Group."

Georgiou is now focusing on the demolition of the old bridge which is about 60 percent complete.

Remaining works on the new bridge structure include completion of footpaths, feature boardwalks underneath the bridge and landscaping which will continue through to February 2018.

Southport-Burleigh flows into completion

Thursday 09, November 2017

Georgiou recently completed Australia’s first Continuous Flow Intersection on Bundall Road in Queensland.

Known as one of the Gold Coast’s busiest roads, the upgrade of Bundall Road and Salerno Street included the addition extra lanes to create a safer, less congested point of access to Surfer’s Paradise

A CFI removes right-turning traffic from the intersection by placing the right-turn lanes to the far right outside edge of the road, increasing the number of vehicles that can travel through the intersection.

Minister Transport and Main Roads the Hon. Mark Bailey said the upgrade of the Bundall Road intersection will create an additional gateway to the area’s biggest tourist attraction and improve congestion in the area.

“This intersection will allow for the road to carry a far greater capacity at a much-improved flow rate and has also widened the length of the road and bridges to include an additional lane in both directions,” he said.

Project Manager Joe Barker praised his site team and a close relationship with client Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD (TMR) for overcoming the challenges of designing and constructing the Australian-first intersection.

“For Georgiou, change management has been a significant concern given how unique the upgrade to this existing intersection is,” he said.

“Georgiou has been proactive in identifying potential issues and offering solutions to our client TMR.

“Staging the opening over a week ensured we introduced single changes at a time to gradually adjust established driver behaviours.

“Constant communication between our project team and the client also allowed adjustments to the traffic signal phase timings to accommodate the geometric constraints of the intersection which have contributed to flawed driver decision making.

“All in all, this careful approach has significantly reduced the risk of driver confusion and has vindicated the innovated approach the client has taken to a challenging problem.”

With final asphalting completed yesterday, the team is now focused on remaining line work and will hand over the project before Christmas.

The upgrade is part of state government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads program, with the Games kicking off in April 2018.

Kingsthorpe-Haden overpass opens on Warrego Highway Upgrade

Thursday 09, November 2017

On 5 December, the overpass at Kingsthorpe–Haden Road and Gowrie Mountain School Road in QLD was officially opened for public use after 9 months of hard work by our QLD project team.

Motorists travelling west on Warrego Highway can now access Kingsthorpe by turning left at the temporary Gowrie Mountain School Road intersection and travelling around the roundabout and over the new overpass to the Kingsthorpe-Haden Road.

Project Manager Kieren Walters said the team is now focusing on the movement of Gowrie Mountain School Road intersection to line up with this new section of the highway.

“Right now we’re completing the surfacing layer on the existing alignment,” he explained.

“Our next traffic switch is planned for the end of December to allow traffic on both carriageways.”

The new overpass and closing of the Kingsthorpe-Haden Road right turn access will make it safer for motorists wishing to access the Warrego Highway from Kingsthorpe and help prevent excessive traffic queues along Warrego Highway.

The overpass is part of the $160M Toowoomba – Oakey Duplication Stage 2 (Leesons Road to Kingsthorpe) project and is one of 15 approved projects in the $635M Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.

Georgiou is currently on track to complete the project in early-mid 2018.

Scarborough team steams towards summer

Thursday 09, November 2017

Work on Georgiou Group’s Scarborough Redevelopment Project is in full swing with Planning Minister the Hon. Rita Saffioti visiting the site on the first day of summer to inspect foreshore works.

Scope of works on the redevelopment includes demolition, service and drainage installation, pavement construction, soft and hard landscaping works, carpark reconfiguration, construction of a new Surf Club and a number of other buildings.

The project team is also redeveloping the public domain areas within Scarborough Beach between Manning Street and Brighton Road, spanning from the shop fronts to the edge of the beach.

In addition to a tour of current progress, Minister Saffioti announced the completion of the iconic Scarborough Esplanade, which was officially opened to traffic in both directions on 4 December.

"Re-opening The Esplanade is a major milestone towards completion of this project and has been a long-awaited change for local businesses and the community,” she said.

Georgiou is progressing well in the lead up to Christmas with the team expected to re-open all car park areas in late December as well as complete the basement level of the new surf club.

All major works will be completed in time for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in April.


Georgiou takes off in Australian National Construction Review

Thursday 09, November 2017

 Georgiou was recently featured in the news section of the Australian National Construction Review for our world-class DFO project.

 With a construction cost of $69 million, Australia’s pre-eminent DFO will include more than 120 specialty fashion outlets, food and beverage retailers and stores across 24,000m3 of gross lettable space with parking for over 1,500 cars.

 To read the full article, click here.

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