As part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements initiated by the Federal and State governments, the Warrego Highway (Package 18D) between Miles and Roma was identified as one of the major road infrastructure assets damaged by flooding during 2010 and 2011. This major project involves remediating and/or rehabilitating a 91 kilometre stretch of the Warrego highway from 5 kilometres east of Jackson to the town of Roma itself.
The project was awarded to Probuild Civil on 13 May 2011. The Client is The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) with project administration / supervision managed by Aurecon. The project is due for completion in June 2012 and boasts a workforce of over 150 people.
The two hundred and twenty thousand tonnes of a combination of bitumen treated base (BTB) and asphalt, requires full production from the existing local asphalt plant in the region, plus production from a second mobile plant that has been set up specifically for the project. The targeted average BTB output is 2,500 tonnes per day. The project also requires 158km of side drains to be cleaned, over one million square meters of sprayed bituminous surfacing (requiring 550,000 litres of bitumen) and 240km of line marking.
The main site compound at Wallumbilla was supplied by Coates Hire and includes five portable buildings complete with fit out. Once mobilised to site, Probuild Civil commenced operations immediately and within a short time, the arrival of major subcontractors and suppliers swelled the resources on site to full strength of 70, including major items from Coates Hire.
Traffic control is a large component of the project as up to six works areas are under construction at any given time. This alone requires the use of 16 VMS boards from Coates Hire strategically placed along the entire length of the project to inform the travelling public of the status of the current works. Being located on an extremely busy major highway, the project requires a high level of diligence in traffic management from a risk perspective and several innovations have been implemented to aid in maintaining a safe environment for the crews on site and the travelling public. High powered radios, doubling up on advance warning signage, extra lighting towers and flagging on speed restriction signs are some examples.
During the Roma flooding which occurred late January 2012, both Probuild Civil & Coates Hire donated large amounts of their time and resources toward assisting the community via emergency traffic control, coordinating supplies and disaster relief activities.
Roma resident and Coates Hire Branch Manager, Daniel Watson says the town was a mess. “Our field service mechanic, Josh, had water lapping at his floorboards and he was one of the lucky ones....it was touch and go there for a moment. Fifty percent of the houses in Roma were affected”
One of the initiatives Probuild Civil deployed was to re-programme the Coates Hire VMS boards and deploy them to selected locations determined by TMR to warn approaching drivers of the flooded conditions ahead.
With 47 branches and counting in Queensland, Coates Hire has the distribution and breadth of product that companies like Probuild Civil rely on to ensure successful delivery of their projects both on time and on budget. Their silver service maintenance policy also ensures equipment is maintained and operating at its best.
Probuild Civil is working towards the completion of this project and expects a successful delivery of this project helped by its longstanding relationships with suppliers such as Coates Hire, its sub-contractors, the client and the local community.