FOWLERS ROAD TO FAIRWATER DRIVE LINK
Abergeldie was engaged by Wollongong City Council as head contractor for construction of an extension of the existing Fowlers Road from its intersection with Princess Highway to the Fairwater Drive/Daisy Bank Drive roundabout. The Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive Link is one of a number of key road improvements that Council is undertaking as part of the much broader West Dapto Access Strategy. This strategy provides bridges, roads and shared paths to improve access during periods of flood, reduce congestion and provide better connections for West Dapto’s growing population. The Fowlers Road to Fairwater Drive Link was awarded as four stages: Stage 1a and b, Stage 1c and d, Stage 1e and Stages 2 and 3.
Stage 1 included initial bulk earthworks, power and water relocations and the small bridge over the flood diversion channel.
Stage 2 includes the main bridge over the South Coast Rail Line and Mullet Creek, earthworks, roadworks, drainage works, replacement of the roundabout with traffic lights at Daisy Bank Drive/Fairwater Drive, Marshall Street deviation works, widening of the Princes Highway/Fowlers Road intersection including property adjustments, and service relocations.
Stage 3 involves the modification of the existing intersection of Princes Highway and Fowlers Road including road widening and traffic signalisation.
Abergeldie has provided project management, demolition, civil construction, roadworks, bridgeworks, electrical installation, telecommunication relocation works, water asset relocation, gas relocation, drainage works, traffic signal upgrades and installation and rail safeworking.
SCOPE OF WORKS
- Traffic lights at both ends of the link road which includes replacing the roundabout at Daisy Bank Drive/
- Four lane road with shared path;
- Heritage fig tree remains with new plantings;
- Flood channels – allowing rain water to run into Reed and Mullet creeks;
- Small bridge of approximately 36 metres over floodplain;
- Main bridge of approximately 198 metres over Mullet Creek and Railway Line;
- Embankment to support the main bridge at
- Marshall Street deviation under the main bridge;
- Princes Highway/Fowlers Road intersection upgrade for connection to the wider road network including the M1.
COMPLEXITY AND INNOVATION
Works within the live rail corridor were carried out while normal rail traffic continued, uninterrupted. Strict compliance with rail safe working procedures was essential.
Areas of ecologically significant vegetation was clearly identified and protected to avoid disturbance, in accordance with a native vegetation Ecological Constraint Assessment. Areas of Aboriginal significance were also identified and managed through an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP).
Works within vicinity of schools meant a restriction on material haulage via the school during school zone hours. This required careful planning for the carting of material efficiently outside of school hours, or via an alternate route during school hours in order to minimise disruption.
The widening of the Princes Highway was to be undertaken with the least possible disruption to local traffic. Works and Traffic Control staging of the works was of utmost importance in order to avoid lane closures for lengthy durations.
Lot adjustments along the Princes Highway, required extensive community liaising to ensure minimum disruption to local community residents and businesses throughout the life of the project.
Wollongong City Council