We are upgrading level crossings between Parkes and Narromine as part of our work to build Inland Rail.
As part of our construction work, we need to do some activities out of hours.
The works will take place intermittently between Bogan Road, Goonumbla, and Peak Hill.
Due to hot weather, some works may need to be carried out from 2am, commencing early February 2020 to the end of hot weather.
These activities include:
- pouring concrete - this is due to some day-time temperatures being too hot for concrete to set (cure) correctly
- stressing rail - needs to be completed during cooler temperatures to ensure the rail does not buckle.
We will ensure that any directly impacted residents and businesses are contacted before the early works between 2am and 6am start.
Location of works
Bogan Road, Goonumbla and Peak Hill
Our standard working hours until mid-2020 are:
- 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
- 8am to 1pm, Saturdays.
We will continue intermittent out-of-hours works from early-February until mid-2020:
- 6am to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays
- 6am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
What we're doing
- Pouring concrete to construct culvert (drain) bases, wingwalls and aprons in the rail corridor
- Importing material to and around site with heavy vehicles, cement trucks and light vehicles
- Stressing the rail, using hydraulic jacks, clippers and welding machines
- Using lighting towers near the works
- Stressing the rail – tensioning the rail with hydraulic jacks so that it does not buckle in hot weather
- Cutting rail, unclipping and clipping the rail
- Installing new gravel (ballast), sleepers and rail, and then tamp (adjust) rail into place
- Welding rail
Use of machinery in the works area may include: excavators, loaders, tamping machine, dump trucks, rollers, graders, water carts, regulators, rail saw, rail grinders, concrete pumps, hand tools, stressing machine, rail clippers, vibrating screeds, small petrolpowered clipping machines, rail tensors, cranes and lighting.
We will use noise-minimising techniques out of hours, including but not limited to:
- non-tonal alarms on all vehicles and equipment
- equipment not in use for extended periods will be switched off
- pre-work briefs to all staff about noise minimisation
- ensuring lighting towers are not impacting houses.
What to expect
During the work there will be heavy vehicles travelling to and from the work sites. Traffic-management will be in place, with detour signage to assist those impacted by road closures.