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Airport Link, Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) and Airport Roundabout Upgrade project

Airport Link, Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) and Airport Roundabout Upgrade project

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Client: Queensland Government

Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: (In joint venture): Tunneling, Road, Geotechnical, Electrical and Mechanical, Structural and Drainage Design

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The Queensland Government appointed BrisConnections to deliver the $4.8 billion Airport Link, Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) and Airport Roundabout Upgrade project — Australia’s largest road infrastructure project. The project comprises two tunnels and a new airport connection — the 4.1-mile (6.7-kilometer) mainly underground Airport Link toll road, the Windsor to Kedron section of the Northern Busway, and an upgraded interchange providing improved access to the Brisbane Airport precinct.

Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup in joint venture (PBAJV) are engaged to deliver the detailed design for this public private partnership (PPP) design-and-construct project. Design features include: --tunnel boring machine tunnels: twin-tube, two-lane uni-directional --large-span mined tunnels providing three-lane uni-directional vehicular travel, with underground intersections --high-capacity interchanges providing access to the tunnel infrastructure and existing road network --high-quality urban design and finish.

Airport Link will provide a critical new link between Brisbane’s northern suburbs and two of south-east Queensland’s most important economic centers — the airport and the city. It will connect CLEM7 (previously called the North–South Bypass Tunnel), the Inner City Bypass, and the local road network at Bowen Hills to the northern arterials of Gympie Road, Stafford Road and Sandgate Road, and to the East–West Arterial leading to the airport. The Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) will provide a dedicated busway tunnel and surface infrastructure for a high-capacity rapid transit system. The Airport Roundabout Upgrade is a vital piece of infrastructure required to improve access to the airport and surrounding economically important areas. The design solution for this project replaces the existing airport roundabout with grade-separation of the East–West and Gateway arterial roads, supported by a fast-diamond intersection.

In September 2013, Engineers Australia's Queensland division named the Aiport Link project the recipient of the R.W. Hawken Award for the most outstanding 2013 entry across all project categories. The project also received the Excellence Award in the project infrastructure over $50 million category.

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Beginning with our founder’s groundbreaking work on the New York City subway, the Cape Cod Canal and a rail line in China, PB has been an acknowledged leader in transportation planning, engineering and management for more than a century. PB’s experience extends to every form of transportation, including airports, rail systems, buses, roads and ports. We work under any form of project delivery and can provide services during any phase of the project life cycle, from concept to completion. Our services include strategic consulting and feasibility studies, planning and environmental analysis, engineering design and construction management, and operations & maintenance. We also provide broad oversight and direction of large, complex capital projects, and have worked on integrated teams with our clients to deliver some of the world’s largest and most well-known transportation infrastructure projects. We view transportation as a means to improve the communities in which we work and wherever possible apply the latest concepts in sustainable development to improve social, economic and environmental conditions.