Roads

Sep 02, 2020
Project proves glass shines as road material

Project proves glass shines as road material

A trial project which saw recycled glass bottles and jars from Mackay households used in road rehabilitation has been hailed a success. Mackay Regional Council supplied 320 tonnes of crushed glass from its materials recovery facility. This was mixed with gravel to regrade and top up the 1.3km of road from the Peak Downs Highway to the Hogan’s Pocket landfill site. Mayor Greg Williamson...

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Aug 31, 2020
Bypass work motors ahead north of Cairns

Bypass work motors ahead north of Cairns

The State Government says the $164 million Smithfield Bypass project is officially ahead of schedule, thanks to 500 local workers inducted on-site and more than 90 local suppliers. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey joined Member for Barron River Craig Crawford to inspect progress. “It’s projects like the Smithfield Bypass that have continued...

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Aug 27, 2020
Touch of glass for Rocky road resealing

Touch of glass for Rocky road resealing

Rockhampton Regional Council is adding glass to the mix when it comes to local road resealing, with a trial underway on Murray St. Councillor for Infrastructure Tony Williams said the asphalt for the project would include 5 per cent recycled glass – which equates to about 120,000 glass bottles. “We’ve been working with Boral Australia for a few months now to make this happen and we ar...

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Aug 19, 2020
New Cape York road sealing works roll out

New Cape York road sealing works roll out

Stage 2 of the Cape York Region Package project is due to kick off soon with work to seal more than 15km of the Peninsula Developmental Rd. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Cape York Region Package works were improving road links in the region to support and grow the hospitality, tourism, mining and pastoral industries. The latest stage includes work to seal an 11.2km section b...

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Aug 07, 2020
DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

Heavy machinery has moved in and work is underway on a long-awaited driver education and motorsport precinct for Townsville. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said construction on Stage 1 of DriveIT NQ in Calcium was excellent news for the region. “This is much-needed construction activity supporting 50 jobs at a time when our community really needs them,” Mr Thompson said. ...

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Aug 03, 2020
Staged works plan for Cairns highway project

Staged works plan for Cairns highway project

Upgrades between James St and Airport Ave have been earmarked as stage one early works for the $359 million Captain Cook Highway project. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said construction on the first stage of works was expected to start by mid-2021. “Planning is underway for the James St and Airport Ave section, focusing on capacity improvements, with detailed design to begin soo...

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Jul 30, 2020
Researchers fine-tune rubble-rubber road combo

Researchers fine-tune rubble-rubber road combo

Researchers at RMIT University have developed a new material that combines recycled building rubble and tyres in a mix optimised to meet road engineering safety standards. Designed to be used for base layers, the recycled blend is more flexible than standard materials, making roads less prone to cracking. Lead researcher Dr Mohammad Boroujeni said the rubble-rubber mix could deliver environ...

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Jul 29, 2020
Bottler of an idea for road building

Bottler of an idea for road building

From beer bottles to road building – glass is going to good use in Townsville. Townsville City Council is recycling the equivalent of 2.3 million glass bottles (or 480 tonnes of glass) and about 720 tonnes of crushed concrete in a $1 million road project at Stuart.  The council is upgrading Vantassel St and Zinc Rd, which connects the Bruce Highway to the Stuart landfill site, the Su...

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Jul 22, 2020
Capricorn Highway upgrade on right track

Capricorn Highway upgrade on right track

The $75 million Capricorn Highway upgrade has marked another milestone. Sealing works have been completed on Farmers Lane, which will enable safer access to the highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton. Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said the construction and sealing would improve safety and connectivity in the area. ...

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