Population and employment growth in the south-west of Brisbane has triggered an 800 per cent increase in commercial vehicles, contributing to a doubling in traffic volume on the Logan Motorway over the last decade.
The Logan Enhancement Project addresses rising residential and business populations and the congestion that they create through a safer and more reliable motorway network. The project aims to reduce travel times and traffic volumes on local streets and enhance connectivity to key business and residential areas.
Aurecon has played a crucial part in solving this congestion problem through engagement with Transurban to co-create solutions that will in turn support 1300 construction jobs and generate wide-reaching economic benefits for Queensland. The project will provide improved connections between the Port of Brisbane and the industry located in the south and west while also easing commuter access to key commercial hubs.
The preliminary design comprises the widening of an estimated 10 km of the Logan and Gateway Extension Motorways, key interchange upgrades, new south-facing ramps at Compton Road and 5 km of motorway pavement rehabilitation. As a result of the early involvement with this project, Aurecon was able to identify and analyse alternative layouts, and develop them to align with the functional requirements and existing physical constraints of the Logan Enhancement Project.
The unique insights gained during this stage have allowed Aurecon to provide a comprehensive package of engineering services to Transurban, including multidisciplinary concept and reference designs; environmental planning and management; technical support during procurement of the design and construct (D&C) contractor and coordination of Cultural Heritage Site Investigation works.
Six major environmental groups are actively involved along the Logan Enhancement Project corridor. Aurecon has played a major role in aligning the requirements and wishes from these environmental groups. This is particularly evident in relation to the benefits offset strategy being put forward to the Department of Environment, whereby Aurecon has proactively engaged with the environmental groups to understand and document alternative offset strategies.
Aurecon is honoured to have been part of the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under the Queensland Treasury’s Market-Led Proposal process.
Construction is anticipated to commence in mid-2017, with completion anticipated mid-2019.