ACCIONA Construction, in consortium with Ferrovial, has completed installation of the 144 girders that will hold the new 1.5 km bridge over the river Clarence, in the town of Harwood, Australia. With this milestone, the project is now 90% complete.
This was a manoeuvre requiring great precision, completed while complying with the highest standards of safety. To install the bridge’s last 48 girders -weighing 165 tonnes each-, a 750-tonne crane was used on a barge in the river. Some 20 people have taken part in these final positioning operations, which lasted two months.
The contract for the design and construction of this bridge was awarded to ACCIONA Construction and Ferrovial in July 2016 for an estimated €172 million (A$250 million).
The new bridge will be 1.5 km long, with four lanes to facilitate traffic in the area. It will also have a height of 30 metres over the river to allow maritime traffic.
The design and construction are part of the Woolgoolga-Ballina Pacific project, funded by the Australian Government and the State Government of New South Wales, with a total budget of A$4.36 billion. This project seeks to improve communication along the Pacific Highway connecting Sidney and Brisbane, two of the country’s largest cities, improving road safety, reducing travel times and increasing transport efficiency in the region.
As part of this Pacific Highway upgrade plan, ACCIONA Construction, also in consortium with Ferrovial, is building a new 19.5 km section of highway between Warrell Creek and Nambucca, serving an estimated 15,000 people a day. This contract includes the construction of the bridge over the river Nambucca, in the town of Macksville, two bridges in Warrell Creek and two junctions.