The planning process used by Major Projects is not always easy to understand. It is a long process in which we need to go through many different stages before reaching the start of the construction phase.
The West Link is a big project and big projects require a lot of planning. The project is run in line with the statutory planning process. It is a long and complex process, where planning gradually becomes increasingly detailed and many steps need to be reviewed before work can start on the construction site. It is not only the Swedish Transport Administration that is involved in the process. The issue is also dealt with in different ways by the County Administrative Board, the City of Gothenburg and the Land and Environment Court.
The process is not obvoius and easy to understan. With this article we want to give an insight into everyday life and work in the project at the moment, by making stops at various places in the project organisation.
During the autumn we have been working on a major update to the project's website. For example, the environment, procurement and safety pages have been updated. One major change is what we call "In your area". "In your area" is intended to make it easier for people living or working in the districts affected by the West Link to find information about how the work will affect the area.
The project website is not the only thing that has been updated. Starting in 2017 we will also send out "Projektaktuellt" [Project news] for the project's various intermediate stages with detailed information about how the work will affect your area, the local environment and your everyday life. The first issue, "Projektaktuellt – Korsvägen" was sent out in early January.
Contractor procurement is underway. The last day for submitting tenders for the Haga section's five pre-qualified contractors is 1 May. The deadline for Korvägen's pre-qualified suppliers is 1 November. The Kvarnberget section will contact pre-qualified suppliers on 1 March and the deadline is 19 September.
To learn more about current levels, we measure factors such as noise, vibrations and ground water levels. For example, we measure the ground water level every month and the next noise measurement is scheduled for February/March. In areas with clay, the pore pressure is measured, and settlement is measured by bellow-hose.