Glass Panels to be Replaced with Plastic on Tugun Bypass

3 Dec 2009 10:49 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP says that glass noise panels destroyed by vandals on the Tugun Bypass will be replaced by transparent plastic panels.

Since the bypass opened 15 months ago more than 60 panels have been smashed.

Ms Stuckey said: “Transparent panels have been selected over other materials including aluminium to maintain the panoramic views for passengers which has been identified as an important feature during stakeholder consultation.”

In July Ms Stuckey sought from the Bligh Government the cost of replacing the broken panels.  At that stage despite 18 having been replaced,  the Minister for Main Roads said it wasn’t possible to estimate the cost.

After she highlighted the minister’s failure to reveal the cost, Ms Stuckey’s office received many calls from both disgruntled residents and companies putting forward their products as ideal replacement, citing them as vandal-resistant and also suggesting murals could be painted on them.

“it is expected the plastic panels will be installed late this year or early 2010. The undamaged glass panels will remain and if damaged, will be replaced by the plastic panels,” Ms Stuckey said.

The question of noise panels has been a constant issue since the bypass opened with nearby residents calling for barriers right along the bypass.   The Department of Main Roads says that road traffic noise monitoring is continuing to validate the accuracy of the earlier modelling.

If the measured noise levels indicated levels in 2017 are likely to exceed the department’s criterion level of 60 decibels, it may be necessary to provide additional noise treatment.

When the bypass opened 2.7 kilometres of noise walls were constructed to ease noise impacts at local residences.  The modelling at the time indicated there was no requirement for other barriers and was based on predictions of road traffic in 2017,  ten years after the completion  of the bypass noise modelling.

The Department of Main Roads says that all types of noise barriers are designed to reduce road traffic noise levels to the criteria level set out in departmental guidelines, whether they are made of glass, timber or concrete.

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