|Proudly completed and delivered by the Bowhill Engineering staff on 17 February 2021 and erected over the north-south motorway on 22 February 2021, this project took approximately 4 months to manufacture and around 6,000 labour hours to construct off site.|
“We have been told that this was one of the largest ever moves in South Australia at 64m long bridge truss and a total load length of 80m. The 5.5m wide and 6.4m high load also weighed in at just over 100t. The transport equipment had a total of 116 tyres to be able to safely carry the load whilst avoiding any likelihood of damage to our regional roads.” said Jeremy Hawkes, Manager Director Bowhill Engineering.
The load’s significant height made it necessary for it to follow an oversize route via Blanchetown, Truro, Roseworthy, Mallala, Two Wells and into the metro area via Port Wakefield Road to it’s final location near Pym Street in Regency Park. The transportation process was a three day event, considering the complexity of the move the extensive planning paid off and thankfully the move went almost exactly to plan.
Jeremy tells us there are some great benefits in producing these large items in one piece before it gets to site. Most significant is that it can be constructed with all handrails, decks, safety screens and even to the extent of installing the lighting and drainage fittings. This additional off-site work drastically reduces the inconvenience to road users as the bridge is basically complete once it is lifted into place from the transport equipment.