From 6:00am Wednesday 4 December 2013, Surfers Paradise Boulevard will be closed to all southbound traffic between Palm Avenue and Cypress Avenue for up to three days to complete construction of the roadway, track and station.
Paving and landscaping works have commenced across the Gold Coast light rail corridor as the project moves closer to operations commencing in June 2014.
These works include levelling underground service pit lids with the footpath, installing new paving and concrete for kerbing and footpaths and planting of signature trees, shade trees and mass ground cover vegetation.
Landscape design for the light rail corridor has been modelled on Broadwater Parklands and the Surfers Paradise foreshore. The design matches the different environments which the light rail passes through.
Earth colours have been used in ‘hinterland’ areas such as the Health and Knowledge precinct and some areas of Southport. Beach colours have been used in the ‘coastal’ areas of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
Coloured concrete will be used in unpaved areas. These colours have been used to differentiate between pedestrian areas, the road reserve and the light rail corridor.
11,000 square metres of pavers will be used across the corridor in urban areas. Pavers will be Brisbane Grey in colour, matching the existing paving in the centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
Paving and footpath works will be undertaken in stages.
Stage 1 - Pit lids are levelled, existing pavers and concrete jack-hammered and removed, then a new base layer is compacted. Stage 2 - The base layer crew moves to the next zone and the base concrete is laid by a second crew. Stage 3 - Once the base concrete is cured, the second crew moves to the next zone and pavers are laid by a third crew.
This progressive approach maximises each work crew’s output, minimising the duration of works while maintaining access to properties.
Where possible, footpaths will be reopened following the second stage to accomodate pedestrians prior to final paving commencing.
GoldLinQ will work closely with stakeholders to minimise construction impacts and prior notice will be given ahead of works commencing.
In order to maximise green area across the corridor, GoldLinQ has worked with the City of Gold Coast to move underground services to allow more vegetation to be planted.
GoldLinQ has also favoured using vegetation instead of retaining walls and worked to save existing trees and plants along the corridor.
A variety of plant species (some pictured right), selected for their tolerance of Gold Coast climate, will be used for signature trees, shade or canopy trees and ground level mass planting.
GoldLinQ has avoided turf wherever possible, favouring mass planting in its place.
Landscape design may vary across the light rail corridor due to line-of-sight requirements, location of underground and overhead services and existing design.
For more information including images of plants and indicative pavement colours, please see attached construction notice.
From 7:00am Monday 25 November to 7:00am Tuesday 26 November 2013, Alison Street will be closed to traffic at Surfers Paradise Boulevard to facilitate finishing works. Finishing works in the intersection include the construction of asphalt, kerbing and guttering. These works are expected to take two days to complete.
From Sunday 24 November 2013 overhead wires will be powered up in Southport from the intersection of Nerang and Scarborough Streets to the Nerang River.
Electrical equipment will be tested prior to tram movements starting in the area. Tram testing can be expected to occur at anytime between the Gold Coast University Hospital Station and the Nerang River.
Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.
For further information including maps and diagrams please attached construction notice.
From Sunday 24 November 2013, Hanlan Street will be closed to traffic at Surfers Paradise Boulevard to facilitate finishing works. Finishing works include the construction of asphalt, kerbing and guttering. These works are expected to take up to five days to complete.
From Friday 15 November 2013, works to install underground services will begin at Surfers Paradise Boulevard, adjacent to Hard Rock, and continue for up to one week. Temporary footpath and lane closures may occur, however local access to businesses will be maintained at all times.
What to expect:
For further information please see attached construction notice.
Construction of the Gold Coast light rail has seen a number of changes to traffic and parking on the Gold Coast.
As track laying is completed and construction fencing is progressively removed ahead of tram testing, it is vital for vehicles to only cross tracks at signals or designated crossings.
Changing driver behaviour prior to tram operations commencing is vital for safety.
Parking across tram tracks is illegal and unsafe. A number of off-street parking alternatives are available across the Gold Coast (see maps).
Penalities apply for illegal parking and should parking on tracks continue, GoldLinQ will be required to re-erect fencing in the interest of public safety. Vehicles parking across tracks risk City of Gold Coast parking fines and may be towed to ensure tracks remain clear.
GoldLinQ encourages local traders to inform their clientelle and staff they are required not to park on tram tracks and to promote parking in the nearby commercial parking facilities shown on the maps below. Delivery drivers should only use loading zones.
For further information, including maps, please see attached construction notice.