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Broadford geotechnical investigations for the Inland Rail begin

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Specialist contractors are conducting geotechnical investigations for the Inland Rail within the road reserve on Short Street, Rupert Street and Catherine Court at Broadford.

Works will also be in the rail corridor between Broadford Bowling Club and Jamieson Street, Broadford, between May to June.

“Investigations will occur between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday with work occurring in daylight hours,” an ARTC Inland Rail spokesperson said.

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“Traffic management will be in place to ensure safe access for all road users and mobile drilling equipment will ensure property access can be maintained upon request.”

The investigation is to better understand ground conditions and inform the design on the new bridge at Short Street for the Inland Rail – a 1700-kilometre freight rail line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

A mobile drill rig will bore small holes in the ground, about 10 centimetres in diameter, and collect samples. Holes in the ground will be filled when work is completed.

“Prior to works starting, the ground will be scanned to locate any unknown underground services,” the spokesperson said.

“If services are located, contractors will conduct non-destructive water bore drilling to locate services and map the site. Geotechnical drilling will only commence after this.”

Residents and motorists should take care and observe all traffic management instructions and signage.

“Depending on weather and other factors works can be cancelled at short notice. Should this occur, works will be rescheduled,” the spokesperson said.

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