From Monday 17 February 2014, the northbound lane of Scarborough Street, Southport will be temporarily closed between Nerang Street and Queen Street while footpath paving, landscape and finishing works occur.
Northbound closures will be undertaken progressively in two phases (see map):
Night closures of the southbound lane from Nerang Street to Queen Street will continue from 7pm to 5am Monday to Friday.
Pedestrian access and local access to driveways and businesses between Nerang Street and Queen Street will be maintained.
Timing of this work is subject to weather conditions and construction constraints.
From 5:00am Monday 17 February 2014, several changes to bus routes and bus stop locations in Scarborough Street, Southport will occur during northbound lane closures. Bus route and stop changes:
For more information, see attached construction notice.
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 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 late October 2013 tram movements and testing will extend to include the area from the light rail Depot to the Gold Coast University Hospital Station.
Overhead wires are now live in this area and tram movements can be expected to occur at anytime. Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.
Always follow the current Queensland road rules around the light rail system. Most importantly remember that U-Turns are only legal where there is a sign indicating U-Turn Permitted.
New signs and traffic signals will be installed to remind motorists and pedestrians they are now travelling alongside a light rail service.
Remember tracks are for trams. When driving only cross the tracks at designated intersections and never queue on the tracks.
Never walk drive or cycle along the tracks and always cross at designated pedestrian crossings.
Trams run on electricity supplied by live overhead wires. Look up and see the danger.
When cycling always obey the road rules, cross at designated crossings and cross the tram tracks at a right angle.
Listen out for the ‘ding ding’ as tram drivers will sound the bell if they see pedestrians or motorists putting themselves in danger.
Please see the attached Construction Notice for further information.
From Thursday 10 October 2013, Scarborough Street in Southport will become one-way southbound between Nerang Street and Queen Street.
Footpath paving, landscape and finishing works will be undertaken progressively in sections over ten weeks, with pedestrian access and one-way southbound traffic access maintained at all times. Access to driveways and businesses between Nerang Street and Queen Street will be maintained.
Southbound bus stops on Scarborough Street will be maintained.
For further information including maps, please see attached construction notice.
From late September 2013 tram movements will begin in Southport from the light rail Depot along Queen Street and Nerang Street to Southport Station near Scarborough Street.
Overhead wires are also live in this area and tram movements can be expected to occur at anytime.
Trams will start by moving slowly before gradually working up to operational speeds. Remember to obey all signs, signals and road rules and you will be safe at all times.
If turning at a green light remain in the traffic lane until other vehicles have passed and watch for trams in both directions. Do not wait on the tracks for cars to pass.
It is safe to turn on a green arrow and remember to only U-Turn where a U-Turn Permitted sign is displayed.
For more information please see attached construction notice.
From Saturday 07 September 2013 GoldlinQ will begin powering up of overhead wires in your 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.
What to look out for:
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.