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Relocation of services

There are a number of services both above and below the ground near the Ipswich Motorway including telecommunications, water, sewerage, gas and electricity that need to be relocated.

To confirm the exact location of existing services, investigative works such as ‘pot holing’ takes place, which involves digging small holes across the project footprint. This can involve noisy works including jack hammering.

Where sites are situated close to or within the road corridor, pot holing will be done at night when traffic flows are at their lowest. This minimises impacts on motorists and provides a safe work area for construction crews.

How are existing service protected?

During the design phase, we consider a range of methods to protect services such as:

  • pouring concrete slabs around existing services
  • relocating above ground services to below ground
  • decommissioning infrastructure where services have been replaced or are no longer required.

During construction, services are protected on site by:

  • cordoning off the service with fencing and signage
  • temporarily diverting or relocating the service
  • using low impact construction methods when working on top of or around existing services.

Who decides which services are relocated?

In consultation with the relevant service authorities, we will determine which services need to be relocated to enable upgrades to the road.

A service is usually relocated if it cannot be protected or will become difficult to access or maintain in future. Water and gas pipelines, electrical wires and poles, and telecommunication lines will need to be relocated to make space for the road upgrade. Relocation methods differ from service to service.

Will service relocation or protection works affect services to my property?

Planned short-term outages may be required during relocation or protection works. Property owners or tenants will be notified by their service provider or the project team prior to any planned outages.

Some fences and driveways may need to be relocated, realigned and/or reinstated to accommodate the works. The project team will work closely with impacted property owners, business owners and tenants to minimise disruptions and maintain access wherever possible during the works.

Any closures of access will be by negotiation with the impacted households or businesses. There may be some inconvenience to residents and businesses when work activities require traffic changes and the use of construction equipment.

What other impacts can I expect?

There will be some noise, dust, vibration and disruption associated with this work.

Machinery and equipment used may include lighting towers, excavators, trucks, light vehicles, boring rigs, jackhammers, concrete saws, cranes, rollers, compressors and hand tools.

We will make every effort to minimise noise by arranging the work in stages at different locations, working at night only when necessary.

Last updated
02 August 2019