As tunnel boring comes to an end, Legacy Way passes another milestone in construction

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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It’s no secret that Brisbane is a growing city and we need to minimise traffic congestion. Brisbane City currently has a population of 1.1 million people and 2 million live in the Brisbane metropolitan area. Our population will continue to grow. If we don’t plan for this growth now, there is potential for traffic gridlock in years to come. Planning is key. So, in terms of ground-breaking events, it doesn’t get much bigger than this.

After excavating more than 500,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt – that’s equal to about the volume of 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools – the Legacy Way tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘Joyce’ has recently broken through at Kelvin Grove. Joyce’s 4.6 kilometre journey in just six months is an incredible milestone. It means the tunnelling for Legacy Way’s northbound lanes between Toowong and Kelvin Grove is finished, bringing us another step closer to completion of this mammoth project.

For the record, Joyce was named after Joyce Tweddell. Joyce was a nurse in WWII and for three years she was held as a prisoner of war in Sumatra. She went on to become Queensland’s chief radiographer. Legacy Way will be of great benefit to residents once it’s finished and for many years following. It will connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass (ICB) at Kelvin Grove and, once open in 2015, it will almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the ICB. I’d like to thank residents who have been affected by the tunnel boring for their patience and understanding.

We’re doing our best to mitigate impacts for the local community during construction by using the latest technology – the spoil conveyor on-site removes the need for about 96,000 truck movements on the local roads which means a lot less noise and dust. Works are on schedule and continuing on the new eastbound Inner City Bypass lanes. These will be realigned in the middle of the year and will allow the tunnel’s entry and exit lanes at Kelvin Grove to be built. Legacy Way’s second TBM, ‘Annabell’, is expected to break through in June.

Seniors cabaret
Given our Seniors Superstar program has been such a success in recent years, our young-at-heart senior citizens will soon have the opportunity to show off their singing and dancing skills once again – this time with a fresh new look. The new Seniors Cabaret Showcase will allow Brisbane’s aspiring Liza Minnellis and Michael Yorks to attend a series of professional development workshops and ultimately put their talents on display in a Gala Cabaret Concert. The Seniors Cabaret Showcase is part of my vision for Brisbane to be Australia’s most accessible and inclusive city. This new initiative is about taking workshops and suburban events out to local community halls, libraries and clubs to give all seniors the chance to learn new performance skills and have fun.

The professional development workshops will be held across the city between Monday 3 June and Friday 28 June, along with a number of suburban showcase events to be held between Friday 5 July and Friday 26 July. The Gala Cabaret Concert will be held during Seniors Week in the beautifully restored City Hall. Stay tuned to Brisbane City Council’s website for details on the workshops and showcases or call the Council Contact Centre on 3403 8888. I looking forward to seeing (and hearing) the results!

As seen in bmag issue 257