First Beams For NewPacific
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
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 move-
ments along the north coast of NSW.
The bridge over the Nambucca River will be 850 m
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
Pacifico have established their own purpose built pre
cast facility in Macksville and are manufacturing their
own beams on site.
Pacifico broader scope
of work on the Warrell
Creek to Nambucca Heads
projects will deliver
19.5 km of four-lane divid-
ed road built to motorway
Work started last July
on the new bridge, which
is being built about 1.2 km
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
The Australian and
NSW governments are
each providing $415 million towards the project.
The Universal Cranes Team have successfully trans-
ported 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 trans-
port 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.
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