Canam seals steelwork deal for Champlain project

Canam-Bridges has signed a US$170m contract to supply the steel superstructure for the approaches of the new Champlain Bridge in Canada. In monetary terms, it is the largest contract ever obtained by Canam Group. The announcement follows the signature of a commitment letter in May (link opens in new tab). The contact with Signature on the St Laurence Construction also includes the fabrication of steel components for the new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge but excludes the cable-stayed section of the new Champlain Bridge. Fabrication will begin in autumn 2015 and deliveries will continue until spring 2018. Fabrication will be carried out primarily at Canam Group’s Quebec City and Laval plants in Quebec and the Claremont plant in New Hampshire. The new bridge will span the St. Lawrence River from Île-des-Sœurs to Brossard, immediately downstream from the existing Champlain Bridge. 

Fulton Hogan wins contract for clip-on bridge cycleway

Fulton Hogan has been awarded a contract to attach a temporary clip-on cycleway and footpath to the Taramakau Bridge, between Greymouth and Kumara Junction in New Zealand. Once the new Taramakau Bridge is built, the clip-on will be relocated to another bridge with a need for safe pedestrian and cycling access. NZ Transport Agency regional performance manager Pete Connors said that the clip-on should be in place by Christmas with work starting within the next month. The cost of construction is about US$670,000. It will be added to the downstream side and will provide a much safer route across the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Final hurdles cleared in stalled Bonner Bridge project

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) can begin construction of the long-delayed Herbert C Bonner Bridge project following the removal of the final obstacles. Environmental groups have now dropped all remaining lawsuits that prevented NCDOT from replacing the 52-year-old Bonner Bridge with a new bridge parallel to the existing one. Dropping the lawsuits completes the terms of a settlement agreement reached in June (link opens in new tab). NCDOT awarded a US$216 million design-build contract for the 5.6km-long Bonner Bridge replacement to the team of PCL Constructors and HDR Engineering in 2011. The contract is still in place and the final amount will be adjusted to meet current costs associated with the construction delay. With the final dismissals, NCDOT and the contractor expect to complete final design and pre-construction work in time to begin building the new bridge in spring of 2016.  “This marks another historic milestone in finally replacing the critical lifeline bridge for residents and visitors of the Outer Banks and supporting our continued efforts to connect North Carolina,” said Pat McCrory, the governor of the US state. “I want to thank the entire team of NCDOT employees, state, and federal attorneys who have worked so hard to make this possible and find a solution for the Bonner Bridge project which had been stalled for more than 20 years.” In addition to replacing the Bonner Bridge, NCDOT will also construct a new interim bridge over an inlet on Pea Island and the 4km-long Pamlico Sound Bridge from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge into Rodanthe.

Contract awarded for Colombia’s longest bridge

The Colombian government has awarded the construction contract for a highway project that includes the country’s longest bridge. President Juan Manuel Santos announced that that Consorcio Nacional Yatí had scored the most points in the evaluation of the 10 bids for the contract. Its price was US$75.5 million. Nacional Yatí is made up of Colombian companies Mincivil, HB Estructuras Metálicas, Latinco and Concrearmado. Two major bridges will be built as part of the Yatí-Bodega scheme: the 1km Puente de Santa Lucía and the 2.3km Puente Roncador. The contract also covers about 8km of road works. The 40-month project starts with four months of preparatory work including finalising the permissions needed for construction.

Isolux Corsan enters Paraguay market with viaduct win

Isolux Corsan has been appointed by the Ministry of Public Works & Communications of Paraguay to build the Viaduct Madame Lynch. The contract, which is worth over US$23 million, will be the company’s first Paraguay. The new viaduct will ease traffic congestion at one of the main entrances to the city of Asuncion. It will be built at the intersection of the two arteries and the construction work and traffic management will require careful scheduling to minimise congestion.

Three shortlisted for 1.4km bridge on Pacific Highway

Three contractors have been invited to submit a detailed tender for the design and construction of a 1.4km bridge the Clarence River in New South Wales, Australia. Lend Lease Engineering, AFVJ Acciona Ferrovial JV and Rizzani De Eccher Australia have been invited to submit detailed tenders for the bridge which forms part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the US$4.2 billion Pacific Highway upgrade. “Improving the efficiency of the Pacific Highway is vital to national productivity as this route carries three-quarters of all freight traffic between Brisbane and Sydney,” said deputy prime minister Warren Truss. Federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker added: “The new bridge will be the longest of 40 bridges to be built as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade. It must be aesthetically pleasing, meet all safety requirements, include flood mitigation measures and provide a 30m navigational clearance for marine traffic.” Seven businesses had registered interest in building the new four-lane Clarence River bridge at Harwood, which will be approximately 1.3km long. It will replace a lift bridge that opened in 1966. “Once the tenders are received, Roads and Maritime in partnership with its delivery partner Pacific Complete will assess the proposals," said NSW minister for roads, maritime and freight Duncan Gay. Work on the new crossing is expected to start in 2016.

Hong Kong tenders five bridges

Hong Kong’s Civil Engineering & Development Department is inviting bids for five bridges at a cross-boundary control point. The tender is for four vehicular bridges and one for pedestrians, crossing the Shenzhen River. The bridges will be built at the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point. Construction is due to start in November for completion in August 2018. Aecom Asia will be supervising the work. The invitation to tender was advertised today (link opens in new tab).

Winner announced in Danjiang Bridge competition

A team of China's Sinotech Engineering and Leonhardt Andra & Partner of Germany has won the design competition for the new Danjiang Bridge over the Tamsui River in northern Taiwan. The team’s design for the 6km crossing in New Taipei beat five other entries from China, Japan, South Korea, Denmark and the USA. The winning design's single central pylon is shaped like hands in prayer, inspired by the movements of Taiwanese dancers. In second place was a team made up of CECI and Nippon Engineering Consultants; third came Aecom Asia and Resources Engineering Services; fourth place went to MAA Group and Cowi; and joint fifth were Oriental Consultants with Pacific Engineers & Constructors and Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants and Pacific Consultants with Taiwan Engineering Consultants and Yuang Engineering Consultants. The competition was launched in January (link opens in new tab).

Guyana commits to Demerara River bridge

Guyana’s finance minister has said that the government is planning to develop a more creative and cost-effective investment model to build a new fixed bridge across the Demerara River. Winston Jordan spoke about the bridge this week in his national budget, which set out plans for increased investment in infrastructure.  Jordan said that Guyana’s national and international competitiveness has suffered because of the lack of structured and coordinated investments in public infrastructure. He talked about how the “sorry tale” of problems such as dilapidated bridges will become things of the past. “Roads, bridges, culverts and similar infrastructure are indispensible for creating wealth; linking people; and closing the gap between farms and markets and between businesses and the factors of production,” he said.

World’s longest high-speed railway arch reaches closure

Spanish constructor FCC (Bd&e no 79) has successfully concreted the keystone for the 384m-long main arch span of the new bridge over the River Almonte in Cáceres, Spain. The arch sets a new world record as the longest span on a single arch concrete bridge used for high speed trains, beating the Dashegguan Bridge in China with its 336m. It also overtakes by over 100m the 270m long concrete bridge over Lake Froschgrun in Germany.   Almonte’s span is considerable even when compared with non-railway concrete arch bridges. It now becomes the third longest concrete arch bridge in the world, very close to the longest of the bridges between the islands of Sveti Marko and Krk in Croatia, which spans 390m. The longest arch bridge is the Wanxian Bridge in China with 420m.   The bridge has been built for the state-owned Spanish railway infrastructure administrator Adif, which reports to the Ministry of Development, and it is part of a larger US$110 million project that encompasses three other now-completed bridges on a 6.3km-long route of double high-speed track in Garrovillas de Alconetar (Caceres), some 340km south-west of Madrid.     The design of the viaduct was carried out by Arenas & Asociados and Idom (Bd&e no 72), and the main contractor was a joint venture between the Spanish company FCC Construccion and the Portuguese company Conduril, with FCC Technical Services providing detailed design and construction process design works.   According to FCC, work will now focus on constructing the top tableau that will hold the twin high-speed rail lines and other elements required for the modern rail link.   You can read more about the challenges of building the Almonte Viaduct here.   Stunning drone footage of the new Almonte Viaduct being built can be seen here.

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