Bridge build on track to meet deadline

Posted October 27, 2015

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The Bohle River Bridge project.

BMD Constructions is forging ahead with the $40 million Bohle River Bridge upgrade project at Townsville in a construction effort it says has achieved 95 per cent local industry content.

“There’s certainly enough skill in Townsville across tradesmen and tradeswomen to build bridges and projects like this,” project manager Glen Langfeldt said.

“At the moment the only two specialist contracts we’ve had to outsource (outside NQ) have been to do with the piling.”

BMD Constructions began work in April on the project, which includes a five-span bridge across the Bohle River and a six-span bridge across the overflow area which is often flooded when the river level rises.

“It’s a 2km stretch of road upgrade across the Bohle River on Dalrymple Rd and includes an intersection upgrade to the Greater Ascot housing development (the Greater Ascot Avenue intersection),” Mr Langfeldt said.

Mr Langfeldt, who is regional construction manager for BMD, said the Townsville City Council had given the community an expectation of a mid-2016 completion date and the project was currently tracking ahead of schedule.

He said the biggest challenge the team had faced was the need to push ahead early on to minimise risk during the wet season.

“So the challenge has been really to co-ordinate the works and align trades to ensure a quick start and a well-managed build,” he said.

BMD celebrated its 20th year in Townsville last year, having established a permanent presence in NQ in 1994 when it was awarded Stage 42 of Delfin Property Group and Defence Housing Australia’s Willow Gardens Estate.

“We consider ourselves very much local and one thing we pride ourselves in is local content from suppliers and subcontractors,” Mr Langfeldt said.

The Bohle River Bridge project is using supplies and services from local Holcim quarries, Humes in Bohle, Arid to Oasis Traffic Solutions, Soil Engineering Services in Bohle, Artcraft and Vision Surveys.

ARC Townsville is supplying steel, the local Boral business is carrying out asphalt sealing and Achieve Group is providing additional labour.

Mr Langfeldt said the Townsville City Council project was funded with federal, state and local government money.

“It has created a good 100 jobs in the local area and secondary jobs offsite,” he said.

Material facts

The Bohle River Bridge project involves:

  • 37,000 tonnes of cement modified pavement
  • 209 bridge piles
  • 451 pre-cast deck units
  • 4500 cubic metres of concrete
  • 220,000 tonnes of imported material for embankments

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