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Heavy trucks could be allowed to operate daily and at all hours down a Woolloongabba street behind the Princess Alexandra Hospital under a Cross River Rail proposal to fast-track construction.
The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority recently submitted a request for change to the Coordinator-General to allow heavy trucks to use Kent Street, past Dutton Park train station, to access Cornwall Street and Annerley Road, at all hours rather than existing limits to 10pm.
Kent Street would be used by heavy trucks every day and at all hours under a Cross River Rail proposal.CREDIT:GOOGLE MAPS
The rail project needs to set up a Boggo Road train station worksite on the eastern side of the railway line, behind the hospital, and wants the change to help complete that work and remove existing Queensland Rail buildings.
A CRRDA spokesman said, if approved, there would be an average of four heavy vehicles on Kent Street an hour, in addition to the eight light vehicles an hour now allowed.
During the peak construction period, around May 2022, up to 10 heavy vehicles movements an hour will be required," he said, saying the change in route would allow for a "minor increase" in heavy vehicle movement.
Kent Street is used by light vehicles to access the construction site, and the authority also wants to organise some roadwork at the Annerly Road and Cornwall Street intersection to allow for trucks to turn in and out safely.
Heavy trucks would be permitted down Kent Street daily and at all hours under a Cross River Rail proposal.CREDIT:CROSS RIVER RAIL
The proposal would require council approval for some work in the road corridor, to manage large deliveries and extended concrete pours, the authority said in its proposal to the Coordinator-General.
A CRRDA spokesman said the changes would allow "safer and more efficient heavy vehicle access into the eastern side of the rail corridor, rather than having to rely on O’Keefe Street and the Boggo Road busway as previously proposed".
"Minor physical modifications will be made to the Annerley Road and Cornwall Street centre median strip, and the eastern kerb line at the Cornwall Street and Kent Street intersection, to accommodate heavy vehicles," he said.
Independent Tennyson ward councillor Nicole Johnston wrote to the Coordinator-General saying she was concerned about pedestrian safety in the high-traffic area if the request was approved.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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