Design and construction of Black River Bridge, Tasmania

A $1.9 million design, construct and demolish project to replace a significantly deteriorated 45-year old bridge over the Black River on Tasmania’s northwest coast recently won a national Case Earth Award. Van Ek Contracting carried out the construction of the new bridge and its approaches downstream from and adjacent to the old bridge, before demolishing the old structure. The concept design was developed by Graeme P. Walter Pty Ltd in conjunction with Van Ek Contracting with Sinclair Knight Merz responsible for the detailed structural design of the new bridge. Graeme P Walter Pty Ltd was responsible for proof engineering and for the design of the temporary works. The design and construction processes were integrated in the conceptual planning of the project, with the co-operative input and involvement of the construction contractor, the designer and the proof engineer. An exemplary synergistic outcome was achieved, satisfying all project requirements specified by the owner and the local community, which has resulted in an attractive, durable concrete replacement structure. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:56PM