Craigieburn Bypass

How often do we actually describe a freeway bypass as exciting?

The Craigieburn Bypass in the north end of Melbourne, Australia certainly meets the criteria! And, as reported in Open The Window, it is “a 17km model of infrastructure design that is environmentally sensitive, socially concious, aesthetically engaging, and pragmatically effective.” Even the aboriginal people, the Wurundjeri were consulted about impact on the landscape.

There are a number of interesting features as listed on Wikipedia.

Noise Walls: More than four kilometres of noise barriers have been installed between the roadway and surrounding residential areas.

The Northern Lights: A high-tech display lighting system that has been installed along an Acryllic wall. The wall uses a combination of red, green and blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) mounted on transparent Acryllic to deliver an array of blended colours at nightfall. The feature wall is believed to be the first installation of this type anywhere in the world.

Shared Pathways: There is a shared pathway which runs along the length of the bypass, which is split into two lanes for pedestrian and cyclist usage. The pathway is around ten feet East of the main roadway until Craigieburn Road East, whereupon it switches to the West side until the Amaroo Road bridge. The path crosses roads at three places.

Landscaping has been given a priority in the design.
“The plant species used in the landscaping of the bypass were chosen to complement the surrounding native and indigenous landscape and to satisfy the preference of the local community and key stakeholders. More than 750,000 trees and shrubs have been planted along the bypass and shared path.”More here. fsdg

In summary from Open The Window,

“In addition to the aesthetics of the sound barriers, it is the level of consideration that went into the Bypass design and construction that are truly worth taking note. Streams, wetlands, grasslands, and endangered species were all taken into account. The local academic community was involved with development. Accommodations were made to Melbourne’s original inhabitants, the Wurundjeri people, in order to preserve their ties to the land. This robust development phase yields an uniquely effective solution.

Simultaneous consideration of the environment, the community, and the culture is not only an effective development strategy, but it demonstrates a compassionate consideration of the road’s greater context. Once that context is established, the design team can push the limits without the worry that their aesthetic decisions could negatively affect those who live nearby or use the bypass. The result is clearly a work of confidence and conscientiousness, and a brilliant design solution to an otherwise mundane situation.”

Land + Living

Great aerial photographs at Architecture Australia

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I look at the sound barriers and cant help but think of how the Quebec government and others involved could have been a little more inspired in approving the bland yet well intended noise abatement walls currently being constructed along the 20 in Lachine. More to come.

6 responses to “Craigieburn Bypass

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  2. Dear Sir
    I am Eng. Abdelaziz Raouf Cost Control Manager at Samco , I would like to inform you that we are worked mainly in bridges and we need to know more about sound barriers in your company ( type and cost)
    Awaiting your reply ASAP
    Regards,
    Abdelaziz

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