Bridge Works

Location: Various locations on the National Highway Network between Seymour and Chiltern on the Hume Freeway and south of Shepparton on the Goulburn Valley Highway in North Victoria

Client: VicRoads

Date: November 2016 – October 2017

Bridge strengthening works for nine bridges on the National Highway Network between Seymour and Chiltern on the Hume Freeway and south of Shepparton on the Goulburn Valley Highway in North Eastern Victoria, for VicRoads. This project aims to increase the capacity of the bridges, improve safety and prolong their service life for the ever increasing load requirements and to ensure the certainty of our transport needs into the future. Seven of the nine bridges have been strengthened using carbon fibre technologies supplied by BASF Australia.

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Seven of the nine bridges to be strengthened will utilise carbon fibre technologies supplied by BASF Australia
  • This project aims to increase the capacity of the bridges, improve safety and prolong their service life for the ever increasing load requirements and to ensure the certainty of our transport needs into the future
  • As principal contractor, ACE worked alongside its subcontractors to deliver structural steel and carbon fibre strengthening and associated works for these nine bridges

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • Community – As the works are on Australia’s National Highway Network, ACE recognises that time is precious to all stakeholders using the network. The safety of our personnel and the public, while maintaining uninterrupted traffic flows is paramount to project success. ACE will utilise the latest Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMAs), built to new standards to be released in 2018, during traffic management and road works, to ensure we are at the forefront of safety management
  • Environmental Considerations – As the bridge strengthening works are located over sensitive waterways and floodways, access is a major consideration. ACE, in conjunction with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, has developed an access methodology that minimises disturbance and ensures an environmentally responsible approach to the works, from conception to completion
  • Stakeholders – The bridges are located within VicRoads’ easements, however access to these bridges on our Major Highway Network is a challenge. ACE has negotiated with local property and business owners to access the bridges, further reducing delays to road users. ACE has also negotiated access to one site from within a local quarry, to enable access away from the 110km zone highway, whilst ensuring that the day to day business of the quarry is not effected
  • Working at heights – ACE recognises the risks of working over waterways and the importance of ensuring safety and efficient methods of construction. ACE has worked with our subcontractors, VicRoads, local authorities and other stakeholders in a collaborative way, to ensure inclusion of individual concerns and requirements. ACE will ensure that structures are third party certified for safety and encourage learnings from this to be passed forward

 

VicTrack Carpark Project

Location: Various train stations throughout Victoria
(Metropolitan) Upfield, Regent, Keilor Plains, Williams Landing, Watsonia
(Regional) Castlemaine, Kyneton, Kilmore East, Wallan, Gisbourne

Client: VicTrack

Date: January 2017 – December 2017

Current regional and metropolitan railway station carparks are at full capacity. After research, community engagement and through consultation with Public Transport Victoria, State Government, rail operators and Councils, VicTrack has identified 15 regional and metropolitan railway station carparks that are in the need for upgrades and extensions.  These upgrades and extensions consist of four delivery packages and will increase the access to parking at the stations and will aim to reduce road congestion – by encouraging the use of public transport and will provide more free carparks at more locations.

ACE has been contracted by VicTrack to undertake the design and construction of 5 train station carparks under Delivery Package 2 – Metropolitan (North and North West):

  • Upfield
  • Regent
  • Keilor Plains
  • Williams Landing
  • Watsonia

and an additional 5 train station carparks for Delivery Package 3 – Regional (North and North West):

  • Castlemaine
  • Kyneton
  • Kilmore East
  • Wallan
  • Gisborne

(Pictured: Wallen Station)

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Earthworks
  • Drainage
  • Lighting
  • CCTV
  • New asphalt pavements
  • Installation of signage
  • Linemarking
  • Construction of new carpark entrances and exits
  • Footpaths
  • Kerbs and channel
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping

(Pictured: Kilmore East Station)