CLIENT: Main Roads WA
TIMEFRAME: July 2012 – December 2012
VALUE: AUD$18.5 million
Construction of a new dual lane bridge involved the demolition and replacement of the old single lane Big McPhees bridge in the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
Delivered on time and on budget, highway Construction in partnership with Albem Operations (Highway Construction and Albem Operation Joint Venture) successfully delivered this construct only contract involving the replacement of a bridge over Big McPhees Creek on the Great Northern Highway, 100km south of the remote regional town of Kununurra, Western Australia.
A major challenge of the project included a critical time delivery to avoid the wet season. As a result the project was delivered within a very short timeframe – working around the wet season.
Other features and challenges included creating and maintaining a local camp facility for remote workers; building a remote concrete batching facility; installation of a raked piling system; and use of naturally occurring basecourse.
Precast bridge girders were manufactured and transported from Brisbane with asphalt application to the bridge deck sourced from a ‘local’ Darwin supplier.