A major project to resurface the Devonport Airport runway
Devonport Airport is a vital gateway for business and tourism in the State's northwest. In 2015-16 the 1838m long runway carried 145,000 passengers to and from Devonport.
A major project to resurface the runway is now complete, increasing the runway’s structural integrity and ensuring ongoing performance and safety. This $5 million project will extend the lifespan of the runway by 15 years.
The new surface overlay required specialised asphalt works on the existing runway as well as grooving to the runway to assist with landings. Fulton Hogan Construction, who also delivered the recent runway upgrade at Launceston Airport, undertook the runway asphalt overlay works. The skilled work was able to be done at night so as not to interrupt flight schedules.
In addition to the runway works, the lighting navigation system was also upgraded. The new PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) assists with pilot navigation on the approach path to land.
Tasports is committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of this important gateway and has invested over $10 million in upgrading the Airports infrastructure and facilities. The recent works to the runway have built upon previous infrastructure works at the Airport including a major upgrade to the terminal building and security upgrade as well as redevelopment of the car parking area.
Passenger numbers at Devonport Airport continue to rise, resulting in a record-breaking year in 2015-16. The new figures come as Tasports invests $5 million in resurfacing the Devonport Airport runway.
The Airport has experienced strong growth in passenger numbers with an 11% increase since 2014. Since Tasports acquired Devonport Airport in 2006, 76% passenger growth has been realised.
Infrastructure upgrades to improve the berthing capacity for cruise ships
The 2016-17 cruise season is the busiest Tasmania will experience with more than 260,000 passengers and crew making 95 dockings, a 64% increase since last year.
Tasports has made a significant investment in infrastructure upgrades across Tasmania to improve the berthing capacity for cruise ships.
A major project to enhance and upgrade the capacity of Macquarie Wharves 2 and 3 in Hobart has seen a $2.9 million investment including seabed maintenance, a new cruise ship gangway and installation of new fenders and bollards.
The new project will mean that vessels up to 348 metres will be able to berth alongside the Macquarie 2 Cruise Terminal in the coming 2016-2017 season.
This continues Tasports’ investment into cruise infrastructure in Hobart, in 2013 $7 million was spent redeveloping the Macquarie 2 Cruise Terminal into the state of the art facility it is today.
New mooring infrastructure is being installed at the Port of Burnie on Tasmania’s North West coast to cater for larger cruise vessels.
The $1.5 million mooring dolphin will allow cruise ships of up to 315 metres in length to berth at Burnie, a significant increase on the current limit of 280 meters.
The project is funded by Tasports and State Government jointly supported Community Assets Program. This Program recognises the importance of renewing community based waterfront assets for tourism and community use.
Remediation of the Main Wharf
The waterfront of Strahan is the lifeblood of the town. It serves as a key location for tourism as well as being a community area that is well utilised by locals and visitors alike. It is important that this area remains open, accessible and safe. The existing wharf was originally built more than a century ago. As the infrastructure has aged, Tasports has needed to take steps to ensure the ongoing safety of the wharf. This has included limiting vessel size and restricting heavy vehicle use. The wharf has reached the end of its life and now requires a complete rebuild to ensure that the it continues to support the increasing tourism and industry operations.
The 2015 Strahan Precinct Plan, developed in conjunction with the West Coast Council and the Department of State Growth, identified some key short term activities which Tasports was charged with implementing. These include the relocation of fuel from the main tourism precinct, work to improve the interface between cruise and fishing operations and better traffic and pedestrian management across Tasports land. These projects will all be delivered as part of the main waterfront and remediation project that commence in November 2016.
Tasports has already invested more than $2 million into the remediation of key assets in Strahan. These have included; the rebuilding of the retaining wall at the commercial wharf, upgrade of the external façade and operations of the lighthouse on Bonnet Island, remediation of navigational aids in Macquarie Harbour and improvements to the traffic management outside the visitor information centre.
Given the scale of the project Tasports has been in close consultation with operators and surrounding businesses who will be impacted by the project. The remediation will be undertaken in three stages to ensure that a portion of the wharf will still be available for operational use at all times. During construction an altered traffic management plan will be in place to ensure public safety is maintained. This diagram explains the 4 key outcomes of this significant remediation project.
The rebuilt wharf will be able to accommodate the existing fleet of ferry’s, commercial fishing vessels and tourism operators with capacity of up to a 50m long and 150 tonne vessel. The new wharf deck will be designed to accommodate service vehicles (up to 4T), forklifts (up to 2T), ambulances and a maximum distributed load of 10kPa. This next program of work will take place over twelve months to conclude in late 2017. The works will be undertaken during construction working hours in accordance with provisions under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Regulations 2016. The project will ensure that this key waterfront asset can continue to be used by industry and the community well into the future. Tasports thanks all stakeholders for their support and patience during this important project.
Expanded maintenance and renewal of high-use assets
In 2013-2014 Tasports initiated an expanded maintenance and renewal program to focus on a priority list of high use community-based assets. The community asset sites are Sullivan’s Cove, Strahan, Stanley and Inspection Head on the Tamar River. Tasports wants to ensure that these areas, which are continuing to grow, are able to be enjoyed well into the future and that the number of community events and tourism operators that utilise these assets continue to do so, and are not adversely affected by any change of access or load restrictions which may occur if maintenance is not able to be undertaken. For the past three years now Tasports has been continuing to undertake asset remediation across Sullivan’s Cove.
Franklin Wharf, originally built in 1932, was in need of significant remediation to ensure the ongoing use and safety of the asset.
In late 2015 a $200,000 re-trenching project was delivered to relocate the electrical services which sat beneath the wharf, this work was essential to ensure a safer environment for the wharf remediation and provides for significant efficiency in ongoing maintenance of the services.
Independent engineering advice concluded that traditional remediation to this wharf structure would not be a suitable solution; therefore the existing deck and beams needed to be demolished, with new deck and beam elements constructed atop the original concrete piles.
Over the past seven months Tasports has replaced 80m of beams and wharf deck. The removal of the deteriorated deck slabs required the presence of a crane on site. To ensure the safety of vehicles and pedestrians in the area this activity was supported by significant traffic management activities. The ticket office which houses Hobart Historic Cruises was also removed in order to allow replacement of the wharf structure underneath.
Tasports then placed the new prefabricated pile heads, beams and wharf planks. The new concrete wharf deck was then poured in situ to complete the new surface.
The remediated wharf deck aims to sustain the ongoing community use of the area for the next 25 years. This $2.5m project was essential to ensure that Sullivan's Cove continues to be a vibrant and busy place. We appreciate the patience of the local community and visitors to the area while this project was delivered.
Due to the change in road conditions at the intersection of Franklin Wharf and Morrison Street, plus the permanent closure of Post Street, one-way traffic on the wharf from the corner of Elizabeth St will be continued after the project completion. The one-way traffic provides improved pedestrian and traffic safety as well as an increased public space on Franklin Wharf.