VEC Civil Engineering will construct a new 28 metres rail bridge for Tas Rail as part of the Bridge Repairs Tender to upgrade priority section of the Tasmanian Rail Network.
As part of the joint State and Federal Government funded $119.2 million Infrastructure Invest Program (IIP), the bridge will cross the Elizabeth River and be environmentally sustainable.
Rail operations will be suspended over Easter, so the bridge can be constructed. About 80 per cent of the pre-cast work is complete and will be transported to the site by semi-trailers.
TasRail IIP Manager Gilbert Ness said the innovative engineering design would result in the 28-metre-long five-span bridge being replaced with a new 28-metre two-span bridge.
“This superior design will enhance environmental flows in the Elizabeth River, assist in the prevention of debris build up during a flood event, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and ensure the safety of our trains, drivers and customers’ freight along this key freight rail corridor,” Mr Ness said.
VEC Civil Engineering General Manager Lincoln Bromwich said the VEC team had been working hard to prepare for the bridge construction.
“We were delighted to win this competitive tender to work with TasRail to replace the Elizabeth River Bridge at Campbell Town. There is no doubt that TasRail’s commitment to supporting local businesses like ours enables us to employ additional people and contribute to the local economy,” Mr Bromwich said.