Full steam ahead on Kirkwood Rd highway interchange
FOLLOWING some wet weather delays earlier this year, work on the Kirkwood Rd interchange is advancing quickly and contractor See Civil is on track to finish to project in June of next year.
Tweed Shire Council's foreman Jim Rosolen, on site to oversee the project, said once the area dried out, the contractors "really got into it" and had finished an astounding amount of work.
A number of significant milestones have been reached with the project's wick drains, other draining material and special fabric to give the fill more strength, now in place.
Mr Rosolen said once the fill, which was already nearly 6m high, was completed, workers would need to leave the area for about six months.
"We'll have to leave the fill to settle," Mr Rosolen said.
Because of the area's soft soil, the project required a high level of fill which would not have been necessary if the area had contained a hard base.
While waiting for the fill to settle, workers weren't about to sit around idly, with work on the exit ramp off the Pacific Hwy, leading south, to be completed as well as the entry ramp onto the Pacific Hwy.
"Once the fill has settled, we'll be able to put the pre-load on top of the fill and once that's settled we'll strip it off and shape it, to make it ready for the road surface," Mr Rosolen said.
The new road will provide improved access to the Pacific Hwy and the Tweed Heads South business district.
The Kirkwood Rd project is part of a $34.5 million Pacific Hwy Road Network Master Plan which was designed to accommodate the Tweed's growing population.
Following the completion of the Kirkwood Rd extension, a new bridge is planned to span the Pacific Hwy and connect a soon to be built Kirkwood Rd roundabout with areas of West Tweed.