Under a Public-Private Partnership BrisConnections has contracted the Thiess John Holland joint venture to undertake the design, construction and commissioning of Airport Link, Northern Busway and Airport Roundabout Upgrade projects.
Airport Link is a 6.7 kilometre toll road, mainly underground, connecting the Clem 7 Tunnel, Inner City Bypass and local road network at Bowen Hills, to the northern arterials of Gympie Road and Stafford Road at Kedron, Sandgate Road and the East West Arterial leading to the airport.
The primary component of Airport Link is a $A3.4 billion toll road – the majority underground – planned between Brisbane’s northern suburbs, the airport and the inner city.
Two Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and up to 15 roadheaders will be used to construct the tunnels.Article continues below…
Kedron to Toombul with TBMs
An important section of the Airport Link project will rely on the two (TBMs) to excavate between Kedron to Toombul/Clayton.
Earth Pressure Balance machines have been selected due to the soft ground conditions.
John Holland Group Executive General Manager Russell Cuttler said that two Herrenknecht 12.5 diameter machines will arrive early next year, involving approximately 159 containers plus associated cargo.
March 2009 Roadheader tunnelling commences at Truro Street site, Windsor
April 2009 Roadheader tunnelling commences at Federation Street site, Bowen Hills
July 2009 Roadheader tunnelling commences at Kedron
January 2010 First TBMs arrive from Germany for assembly
March 2010 Completion of cut and cover structure and TBM launch box, Kalinga Park/Toombul
May 2010 First TBM begins tunnelling from Toombul, heading west toward Lutwyche; second TBM arrives from Germany
June 2010 Second TBM begins tunnelling from Toombul, heading west to Lutwyche
Early 2011 TBMs removed from tunnel shaft at Chalk Street, Lutwyche
Mid 2012 Airport Link toll road complete
Mid 2012 Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) complete July.