First Beams For New Pacific Highways Bridge
Pacifico, an Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture met another major milestone on Monday, 7th March 2016 with the installation of the first girder on the new Nambucca River Bridge. This is part of the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
The new Nambucca River Bridge will reduce the number of trucks passing through the town of Macksville. This will improve wear and tear on local roads and road safety for residents while also supporting freight movements along the north coast of NSW.
The bridge over the Nambucca River will be 850 metres long and when completed will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction separated by a median barrier. Each of the 21 bridge spans will be comprised of four precast concrete girders, weighing between 145 and 152 tonnes each.
Pacifico have established their own purpose built pre cast facility in Macksville and are manufacturing their own beams on site.
The scope of work on the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads projects will deliver 19.5 km of four-lane divided road built to motorway standard.
Work started last July on the new bridge, which is being built about 1.2 kilometres east of the existing bridge at Macksville.
Nine months later and the bridge is taking shape with the completion of the majority of the piling work and now the first girder lift.
The Australian and NSW governments are each providing $415 million towards the project.
The Universal Cranes Team have successfully transported and installed the first of many U Girders.
The U Girders, with a maximum size of 2,250 mm Deep x 41.4 m Long x 158 tonne required a unique transport and lifting arrangement.
Transport was completed on 20 of the Group’s Axle Lines and to ease in placement the Universal Cranes / Smithbridge Team elected to run an Enerpac Sync Hoist Systems positioned below a lattice spreader. This enabled the finite adjustment to land an impressive beam.
The Nambucca River Bridge will open to traffic with the full project in mid-2018, weather permitting.