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First Beams For NewPacific

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 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

each.

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

standard.

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

girder lift.

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.

Universal Crane

Enerpac

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