Work on the $2.16 billion Coomera Connector Stage 1 has kicked off, with enabling works commencing on the northern section between Coomera and Helensvale. Stage one of the Coomera Connector is expected to support 1000 jobs over the project’s life.
There are about 150 procurement packages for stage one north and all of the contracts already awarded (worth around $3 million) for early works have gone to Gold Coast-based subcontractors. Once complete, Coomera Connector will significantly reduce congestion on the M1.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said work behind the scenes also included exploring training opportunities. “There are now 10 staff on the project who will complete rail industry worker training later this month and that is set to increase,” Mr Bailey said. “That’s the equivalent of 160 hours of training locked in to help ground crews understand the implications of working alongside Queensland Rail and side by side with the new Cross River Rail infill station at Hope Island.”
Gold Coast-based Palaszczuk Government Minister Meaghan Scanlon said while procurement continued in the background, hard hats and hi-vis would soon be out in force. “We are gearing up for construction, so site compounds will begin to take shape along the corridor – locals can expect some intermittent lane closures and speed changes,” Ms Scanlon said. “In coming weeks, a barge will be floated from the northern bank of the Coomera River so that riverbed geotechnical investigations can be carried out.
Mr Bailey said locations between Shipper Drive, Coomera, and Helensvale Road, Helensvale, would be impacted by the early works until mid-2022:
- Roads and verges along Hope Island Road, Helensvale Road, Beattie Road, McPhail Drive and Shipper Drive
- Queensland Rail and Coomera Connector corridors
- Coomera River, Coomera River Overflow and Saltwater Creek
“We understand the impact major construction like this has, so we will be mitigating that impact as much as possible for local drivers and neighbouring residents.”
Mainline construction on the Coomera Connector Stage 1 North structures will start once all environmental and project approvals are in place, expected from mid-2022.
The Australian and Queensland governments have committed a total of $2.16 billion on a 50:50 basis to plan and build Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector between Coomera and Nerang.
To stay up-to-date on the Coomera Connector, visit tmr.qld.gov.au/coomeraconnector.
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Source: Queensland Government
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