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The light rail construction process will involve several stages and work fronts. GoldLinQ will use a combination of communication methods - newspaper advertising, letter box drops and door knocking – including this website to ensure impacted residents, businesses and motorists can prepare, park and move within these key Gold Coast precincts during construction.

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    Health and Knowledge Precinct - Parklands Drive asphalting - Updated 7 February 2014

    From Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 February 2014, nightworks to install asphalt on Parklands Drive between Smith Street and Engineering Drive will occur between 7pm and 5am, weather permitting.

    Two-way traffic access on Parklands Drive will be maintained under traffic control between Smith Street and Engineering Drive.

    Engineering Drive and Alumni Place will be closed to traffic access during these works, with alternative access available via University Drive.

    Bus changes

    The bus stops on Parklands Drive near Engineering Drive will be temporarily closed during these works.

    The nearest alternative bus stops are located 600 metres north west on Parklands Drive adjacent to University Drive and Gold Coast University Hospital.

    What to expect

    • Stop-go traffic control in place on Parklands Drive between Smith Street and Engineering Drive from 7pm to 5am.
    • Engineering Drive will be partially closed under police control.
    • Access to Parklands Drive via Olsen Avenue will remain unchanged.
    • Large machinery to install final asphalt.
    • Some noise, dust, vibration and asphalt related fumes at times. Every effort will be made to minimise these impacts.
    • During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
    • Light towers will be placed to limit glare to nearby residences.
    • During construction, please drive to the conditions and obey all instructions given by traffic controllers.

    For more information, please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    7 February 2014 13:13
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    Parking & the Gold Coast light rail

    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.

    Stay safe

    • Remember tracks are for trams. When driving only cross the tracks at designated intersections and never queue or park on the tracks.
    • Never drive, park, walk or cycle along the tracks and always cross at designated pedestrian crossings. Always follow the current Queensland road rules around the light rail system.
    • New signs and traffic signals will be installed to remind motorists and pedestrians they are now travelling alongside a light rail service.

    For further information, including maps, please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    13 November 2013 09:30
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    Health and Knowledge - Exit lane closure at Gold Coast University Hospital - Updated 5 November 2013

    On Sunday 10 November 2013 the exit lane from the Gold Coast University Hospital on to Parklands Drive will be closed to allow new escalators to be installed in the underground light rail station. Motorist’s entry into the hospital from Parklands Drive will not be affected.

    Detour signs and traffic controllers will guide motorists to exit on to Olsen Avenue. Pedestrian access will be availabe at all times.

    What to expect

    • Work will start early at 4am on Sunday morning and is planned to be completed by 4pm.
    • Installation of the escalators is expected to take one day.
    • Four escalators will be delivered on a semi trailer and lifted off and lowered down into the station one at a time.
    • There will be a crane and construction machinery in the vicinity.
    • There will be safety barriers and fencing to contain the construction area.
    • Traffic controllers and detour signs will be in place.

    For further information please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    5 November 2013 15:21
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    Parklands - Powering up of overhead wires - Updated 27 September 2013

    From Monday 30 September GoldlinQ will begin powering up of overhead wires in the Parklands Drive area which will provide electricity to the trams and stations on the light rail system. Look up and see the danger! Once energised the wires carry live electricity and should be treated with caution. This will mean several changes to the way you interact with the light rail corridor.

    Stay safe

    What to look out for:

    • Signs will be installed along the light rail corridor to identify when an area is powered up.
    • The overhead wires carry 750 volts of electricity which is equivalent to four times the amount of electricity supplied to your home or business.
    • The live wires are situated well out of reach approximately 5.8 metres above ground level.
    • Keep kites and other flying toys away from all overhead wires and never try to remove an object from the wires.
    • Remember if you come across a fallen electrical wire or see objects on the wires contact 000 immediately and never touch or try to move it.

    Traffic changes during initial power up of overhead wires

    • Rolling short-term intersection closures may occur on the southern side of Parklands Drive when wires are initially energised.
    • Traffic control measures and detours will also be in place. Pedestrian access routes may change and it is important to follow the instructions of traffic controllers to ensure your safety.
    • Residents need to be aware that all pedestrian and motor vehicle movements will be halted for up to twenty minutes and will then continue under traffic control directions. This is vital for safety.

    Working near the system safely

    Once we’ve powered up, any works around or within the light rail hazard zone will need to be authorised. The hazard zone is considered more than three metres above ground level, either side of the track and below ground level.

    To gain approval for works in the area you will need to contact the team on either 1800 967 377 or [email protected]

    For more information please see attached construction notice.

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    Updated
    2 October 2013 14:30
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    Health and Knowledge - Smith Street night closures - Updated 14 May 2013

    Additional east and westbound night time lane closures on the Smith Street Motorway from 8:00pm to 5:00am are required in coming weeks.

    For the safety of motorists while parapet walls are painted and work overhead is carried out, partial and full closures will be required at various times.

    Traffic changes:

    • On Tuesday 21 May 2013, partial closure of the eastbound lane of the Smith Street Motorway between Olsen Avenue and Parklands Drive is required.

    • On Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May and from Sunday 26 to Thursday 30 May 2013, full closure of the east and westbound lanes of the Smith Street Motorway between Olsen Avenue and Parklands Drive is required. Detours via Parklands Drive and Olsen Avenue will be available.

    • Occasional single lane closures of the Smith Street Motorway occurring in each direction will continue during the day from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    Please see the attached construction notice for further information.

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    Updated
    17 May 2013 16:19
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    Health and Knowledge Precinct - Parklands Drive and Engineering Drive intersection works - Updated 3 January 2013

    From 6:30pm Thursday 10 January to 5:00am Monday 14 January 2013, the intersection of Parklands Drive and Engineering Drive, Southport, will be partially closed.

    Construction crews will work around the clock to prepare the intersection for track laying during the quieter weekend traffic period.

    Traffic changes

    • Partial closure of the Parklands Drive and Engineering Drive intersection.
    • There will be no access to Engineering Drive from Parklands Drive (see map 1).
    • Through traffic will be maintained along Parklands Drive.
    • Parklands Gold Coast access will be maintained.
    • Vehicle access to Griffith University from Parklands Drive will be via University Drive and Alumni Place.
    • Pedestrian access routes will be maintained around the construction area.

    What to expect

    • Construction crews will work from 6:30pm Thursday 10 January to 5:00am Monday 14 January to ensure the intersection is re-opened to motorists by 6:00am.
    • Construction will include excavation and installation of underground services.
    • Heavy machinery, such as excavation and crane movements to facilitate construction activities.
    • Construction noise, dust and vibration at times. Every effort will be made to minimise these
    • During night works vehicles will use “quacker” (quieter) style reversing alarms to reduce noise.
    • Light towers will be placed to limit glare.

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    Updated
    3 January 2013 15:55
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    Health and Knowledge - Bus service changes on Parklands Drive

    From Monday 10 December 2012, the temporary bus stop on Parklands Drive will be permanently closed.

    For routes 3, 707, 709, 738 the nearest alternative bus stop is located on Parklands Drive, 150 metres to the south-east.

    Please see the attached construction notice for new bus stop locations and information.

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    Updated
    28 November 2012 15:14