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Early Works Underway

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September 1, 2020

Before the light rail is built, some utility services located above and under the road, such as power, gas, water and telecommunications, need to be moved to allow for construction of the system.

Before the light rail is built, some utility services located above and under the road, such as power, gas, water and telecommunications, need to be moved to allow for construction of the system.

This will also ensure the services are in accessible locations to allow for repairs and upgrades when trams are running to Burleigh Heads.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has been working to prepare the Stage 3 light rail corridor before a design and construction contractor is appointed later this year.

The Stage 3 project team has been taking soil samples and inspecting underground services using ground-penetrating radar and digital 3D technology.

Detailed mapping of the underground landscape captures information so essential services are not damaged during construction. TMR is also progressing with pre-construction work at both ends of the corridor.

On the northern end, just south of Broadbeach South station, a site has been prepared in readiness for the successful contractor to set up a site compound. On the southernmost end, pre-construction activities at a former Caltex service station on the Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads are also underway.

This Burleigh Heads site will be used to widen the Gold Coast Highway, making way for the terminus of Stage 3 and a connection between the light rail and the bus network. In the coming months, more work may be undertaken along the light rail corridor to prepare for major construction works.

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