Port Drive Upgrade Achieves Second Excellent Sustainability Rating

Port Drive Upgrade Achieves Second Excellent Sustainability Rating
Port of Brisbane’s $110 million Port Drive Upgrade project has received an ‘Excellent’ ‘As Built’ rating for its construction from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) – Australia’s peak industry body for advancing sustainability outcomes in infrastructure.
The ‘Excellent’ ‘As Built’ sustainability rating follows the project receiving an ‘Excellent’ rating for its Design in November 2017.

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) CEO, Roy Cummins, said the achievement reinforced PBPL’s commitment to sustainable port development.
“As one of Australia’s fastest growing ports, its essential the Port has a safe and efficient road network. By investing in this major upgrade well ahead of demand, we are ensuring our customers have the road infrastructure needed to support their operations well into the future,” said Mr Cummins.

“The project was assessed against a wide range of measures including its management systems, environmental management, stakeholder participation, and innovation.  In particular, incorporation of our industry-leading Offsite Stormwater Treatment framework into the project was highlighted as an example of leading innovation.

“Congratulations to PBPL’s construction team and Seymour Whyte, and thank you to all of our stakeholders, particularly the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, for their support during the project.”  

Key project innovations include:

  • ‘Super I girders’ – Australia’s longest pre-stressed girders up to 46 metres in length, designed to safely span the existing rail corridor, therefore avoiding future maintenance or construction within the corridor

  • EME2 asphalt – the largest placement of sustainably-sourced Enrobés à Module Élevé Class 2 (EME2) asphalt on a road project in Australia (approx. 50,000m3)

  • Offsite stormwater treatment – incorporating PBPL’s scientifically-based and assessed offsite stormwater treatment project in the Lockyer Valley – the first in Queensland.

Other sustainability benefits of the project’s design and construction include:

  • LED street lighting

  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions – through the overpass design and use of EME2

  • increased connectivity of locally important remnant habitat through the installation of a fauna crossing

  • use of locally-sourced native plant species for landscaping

  • use of recycled products in construction wherever possible

  • retention and re-use of spoil across the site.

Port Drive Upgrade was a $110 million investment by PBPL to deliver safer and more efficient port roads.  The project reached Substantial Completion in August 2018 and we anticipate reaching Practical Completion in September 2018.