Roads are important pieces of long term community infrastructure. They serve many generations and have lasting impacts on the communities along or near their corridors. For these reasons, Transurban is committed to making our roads as sustainable as possible, and this commitment guides how we invest in the enhancement of our networks.
Over the past year, we went a step further with our approach by looking at how we can rejuvenate not just the roads themselves but the land that surrounds them. We have started investigations into two rejuvenation projects that we hope will create more green space around our assets.
The first project, in Melbourne, looks at the rehabilitation of a site in the CityLink corridor near Power Street. The proposal includes replanting the site with native and drought-resistant species and exploring the installation of art for visual appeal. We will be working with the City of Melbourne and the local arts community to determine the most appropriate piece of art.
The second project, in Sydney, explores the potential to rejuvenate a parcel of land alongside the Hills M2 motorway. The concept includes an idea to improve walking and cycling paths in and around the area (see Casestudy: Improving the Hills M2 corridor).
In the USA, the 95 Express Lanes project team completed a project to restore the neighbouring Swan’s Creek. Work included erosion and sediment controls to improve water quality. Almost 90 structures including cross-veins, step pools and rock walls were placed along the stream bed and 7,500 trees and shrubs were planted. This stream is now feeding better quality water into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
Transurban launched the ‘1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days’ program to help communities along the I-95 corridor recover some of the trees lost due the project’s construction. To date, we have planted 834 trees in several communities along the corridor. The remainder of the trees will be planted in late 2014.