Behind the scenes of the August 2020 traffic switch
Works to implement the second traffic switch for the R2P Alliance commenced from Thursday,
6 August 2020, and were completed on Sunday, 9 August 2020. From Monday morning, traffic was using the new South Road surface roads, allowing works to begin on South Road to construct the structures that will support the Regency Road overpass.
The R2P Alliance had planned for the traffic switch since late 2019. During July and August 2020, the R2P Project team held weekly meetings dedicated to scheduling construction activities for the traffic switch weekend. The result of this detailed planning was the development of a construction program which included milestones required to be achieved each day and night shift.
Works were scheduled to commence on the Friday night, however due to forecast rain, the R2P Alliance made the decision to commence works on the Thursday night. This involved a lot of timely communication with key stakeholders including the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Traffic Management Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology. Thursday night was a success and the R2P Alliance was able to open the northbound surface road (north of Regency Road) a day ahead of schedule.
At 6am on Friday, 7 August 2020, the R2P Project team held the first shift handover meeting. Handover meetings were held daily at 6am and 6pm, to enable communication between night and day shifts. The meetings included people from teams including engineering, supervision, safety, environment, quality, traffic and stakeholder engagement. At 6:30am and 6:30pm, daily pre-start meetings were held with the entire project team to discuss the works planned for that shift. Over the weekend approximately 200 staff worked on the traffic switch.
Of course, challenges were still encountered over the weekend. For the roadworks team, a key challenge was ensuring that the new roads were at the same level as the existing roads to allow for tie ins, whilst continuing to provide detoured access for road users over the weekend.
On Monday morning an unplanned oversize vehicle travelled through the South Road and Regency Road intersection. With quick response from Supervisors, the R2P Alliance was able to assist the vehicle to safely navigate the intersection.
The R2P Alliance is extremely proud of the scope of work undertaken in the lead up to, and during the weekend of the traffic switch.
The Alliance takes this opportunity to thank the road users for their patience during the traffic switch, and in particular, to the local community for their patience in the months leading up to this major milestone.