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The Buckley Street breakthrough

13/09/2018

After 30 days of round-the-clock works and with over 20,000 tonnes of soil excavated, we have finally broken through to the other side of the new Buckley Street underpass.

Construction vehicles moving earth through the new Buckley street underpass.

Crews worked from the western side of Buckley Street to remove the last section of remaining soil – called the plug – from beneath the bridge deck. At 2:30am on Saturday 8 September, we made the breakthrough, and the two sides of Buckley Street were one again.

It took a further six hours before the breakthrough was complete, and when the next shift arrived there were a few high fives to celebrate the milestone.

While we’ve achieved some major milestones in the last few weeks, the hard work certainly isn’t over yet. Over the next week we will be:

  • completing the architectural wall panel installation on Buckley Street east
  • kerbing the new median strip near Violet and McPhail streets
  • laying crushed rock and the first layer of asphalt throughout the underpass
  • completing drainage works and asphalting the service roads
  • starting work on the southern pedestrian underpass
  • erecting the canopy frame for the central underpass on Rose Street.

Buckley Street is set to reopen by Sunday 30 September, and minor works will continue until early next year.

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