Work going well on Peninsula Link
04 May 2011
Peninsula Link is a toll free, 27 kilometre freeway connection between EastLink at Carrum Downs and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Mount Martha, Victoria. The $759 million project will bring many benefits to people living, working and visiting Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, a major tourist destination in Victoria.
The contract for Peninsula Link was awarded to the Southern Way consortium and is being delivered as an Availability Public Private Partnership. Work began in February 2010 and is due for completion in February 2013.
Southern Way is a special purpose company established to construct Peninsula Link. Southern Way’s design and construction partner is Abigroup, while Conneq Infrastructure Services (formerly Bilfinger Berger Services Australia) will operate and maintain Peninsula Link for the 25 year concession period.
The Derril Road underpass at the southern end of the project in the rural Moorooduc region is now complete and the road has re-opened to traffic. The structure was constructed on site via a four stage process of formwork and concrete pours to build the base slab, culvert walls, deck slab, and wing walls.
Top soil stripping has been completed in four of the six construction zones along the alignment and major earthworks are now underway. Substantial progress has been made on the Cranbourne Road cut, one of two deep cuts on the project. The second major cut at Loders Road is due to be completed by June.
The initial stages of earth forming have been completed at Bungower Road. The earth mounds will be molded and landscaped to provide an interesting visual backdrop to the Bungower Road intersection while also providing noise attenuation for local residents.
Piling works are underway in several locations on the alignment as work commences on some of Peninsula Link’s 35 bridges. At the Stony Point rail line temporary mass concrete footings are in place ready for superstructure construction, while cut off walls have been constructed for the Mornington Tourist rail line.
A key facet of the Peninsula Link project is Abigroup’s commitment to the protection of local fauna. The Dwarf Galaxias, a small freshwater fish and protected species native to eastern Australia, has been recorded in a number of waterways along the alignment, including the Balcombe, Tuerong and Devilbend Creeks. A number of measures are in place to protect and enhance the habitat for the Dwarf Galaxias, including the projects aquatic specialists relocating these fish to local catchments not affected by construction works.
The projects aquatic fauna management program also extends to other species in the area, with fish, eels and frogs being relocated from affected waterways and dams.
For more information on Peninsula Link visit: www.peninsulalink.com.au