This last weekend has seen a major part of the Overpass Project come to pass as the placing of the bridge girders which will span Somerset Road, the Blackwater Rail Corridor and the Capricorn Highway has commenced.
The first step of the placement of 18 girders weighing 76 tonne each took place on Friday and Saturday, which has completed the Somerset Road stretch. On Monday and Tuesday (24-25 September) a further 6 girders will be placed into position over the Blackwater Rail Corridor with all train movements halted until completion.
A 500 tonne crane owned by the LCR Group has handled the job with ease and the frenzied work on the site is evident for all those who drive along Somerset Road to see what is happening out in the Western Gracemere Industrial area.
The Capricorn Highway has been closed with a diversion for traffic via the Malchi Nine Mile Road and Scrubby Creek Road. Again in late October (24th) the highway will close while the final section of the overpass will be lifted into position – this will be done between 6 pm and 6 am to minimise traffic disruption.
The 76 tonne girders were made locally by Hume Pipes and transported overnight to the CMC site on Somerset Road ready for placing in their final position. All those travelling on the Capricorn Highway will now have no excuse for not being aware of major developments in this area.