Chinese contractor to build two Fiji road bridges

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has awarded the construction contract for the new Stinson and Vatuwaqa bridges to China Railway 14 Group. Award of the contract is in line with a commitment by the Fiji government and FRA to deliver the two bridges to connect routes to and around the capital city, Suva. The two existing bridges have been closed for several years. An aid grant from China of approximately US$14 million will see the new bridges built within 29 months, with work on site beginning in the first quarter of 2016.

Chinese contractor to build two Fiji road bridges

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has awarded the construction contract for the new Stinson and Vatuwaqa bridges to China Railway 14 Group. Award of the contract is in line with a commitment by the Fiji government and FRA to deliver the two bridges to connect routes to and around the capital city, Suva. The two existing bridges have been closed for several years. An aid grant from China of approximately US$14 million will see the new bridges built within 29 months, with work on site beginning in the first quarter of 2016.

Emergency structural repairs get under way at Forth Road Bridge

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge is to remain closed until early in the New Year following the discovery last week of a fracture in a key load-bearing steel element. Repair work has already begun and the aim is that the bridge will be reopened in time for people’s return to work after the New Year. The bridge over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh is a key route on Scotland’s transport network and its closure means lengthy detours. The decision to close the bridge was taken after detailed inspections and assessments following the initial discovery of the problem. The inspections identified a failure of the truss end link - the vertical structural load-carrying component located immediately adjacent to the north-east tower face. One side of the component has failed completely, leaving the load to be carried by the adjacent element. Testing on the non-broken element identified propagation of a potential crack at a very similar location to its neighbour. Transport minister Derek Mackay said: “The decision to close the Forth Road Bridge is not taken lightly. It is based on the expert opinion of the engineers who operate the bridge day to day and that of independent experts in the field.” He added that bridge operator Amey has a robust inspection team in place. “This is a complex engineering challenge,” said chartered engineer Mark Arndt, Amey's account director responsible for the bridge. “The component failure is in a difficult to access location and our response is also highly dependent on weather conditions. “We continue to work around the clock on inspections, assessments and calculations along with the development of designs to effect the necessary repairs, while at the same time mobilising all the resources required to reopen the bridge as soon as is possible.” Construction of a replacement for the 51-year-old bridge is already well under way - the Queensferry Crossing is due to open in about a year.

Concept designs unveiled in Tintagel Castle bridge design competition

English Heritage has released images of the concepts produced by the six shortlisted teams competing to design the new bridge at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.  The brief to the finalists was that the winning design must be “…a bridge that is of its place, a bridge that, with its structural elegance and beauty, is in harmony with its extraordinary setting and landscape”. It will be 28m higher than the current crossing, opening up views of Tintagel, the surrounding coastline, and the Atlantic. Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “These concept designs bring the reality of a new bridge so much closer. The competition is all about finding the right team but the concept designs help us to visualise each team’s approach and how a new bridge will complement this exceptional landscape.” Graham Morrison, chair of the jury, said: “Here are six very different and clear ideas, all beautifully presented; we are delighted with the response to the brief. Any of these teams is capable of making a worthy addition to the setting. The jury is very much looking forward to the detailed assessment process and, ultimately, selecting a winner.” Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes with Terrell (France): Marks Barfield Architects with Flint and Neill (UK) : Ney & Partners Civil Engineers with William Matthews Associates, Ettwein Bridges and Waagner Biro (Belgium): Niall McLaughlin Architects with Price and Myers (UK): RFR and Jean-François Blassel Architecte, with EngineersHRW, and WSP (France): WilkinsonEyre with Atelier One (UK):  

Arch positioned for Kentucky Lake Bridge

The main span has now been positioned for the new arch bridge over Kentucky Lake in the USA. The 168m-long span was floated into place from its construction site for yesterday's operation, which involved lifting it by 18m. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project involves the replacement of the Eggners Ferry Bridge, which is too narrow for today's traffic and had been badly damaged by a barge in 2012. Johnson Brothers was awarded a US$131 million contract in February last year to build the new basket-handle tied-arch bridge.  

Work begins on new Kawarau Falls Bridge

A groundbreaking ceremony took place today to celebrate the start of work on the new Kawarau Falls Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand. The new bridge is being built by McConnell Dowell Constructors to a design by Novare Design. Minister of transport Simon Bridges turned the first sod and planted a tree to celebrate the start of the US$14.4 million project, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. The NZ Transport Agency is delivering the project on behalf of the government as part of its accelerated regional roading package announced last year. “This bridge will benefit the wider Wakatipu Basin as well as making the State Highway 6 network connecting the West Coast, Otago and Southland far more resilient,” said Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland. “It is being built to withstand a one in 2,500 year earthquake.” The existing 90-year-old one-lane bridge will become part of the Queenstown Trail cycling and walking network.

First phase of construction completed at Nipigon River Bridge

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Toronto awards contract for stainless steel bridge

Dufferin Construction has been awarded the design and build contract for the US$14.8 million Fort York pedestrian and cycle bridge in Toronto, Canada. The winning design is a two-part bridge that is said to be the first stainless steel bridge to be built in North America. It will extend north-south across two railway corridors in the downtown area. Pedelta is lead designer for the design-build project awarded to Dufferin. Images by Pedelta The contract was awarded by Build Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto. “This is an important piece of infrastructure, an innovative bridge that will connect three of our parks and ultimately our downtown neighborhoods,” said councillor David Shiner, who also chairs Build Toronto. “This is the first time we will construct a bridge like this in Toronto, one that is creative, accessible and great for both pedestrians and cyclists. Not only does it connect our green spaces, but it crosses above two railway corridors and will transform the way we move around downtown.” Mayor John Tory said: “The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Project is an investment in smart infrastructure that connects communities, gets people moving across Toronto and is a part of the City's plan to revitalise the waterfront.” Image by Pedelta Dufferin was selected through an evaluation process involving proposals from three shortlisted teams. Construction will begin in spring 2016 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

Hong Kong setbacks delay completion of bridge to Zhuhai and Macau

Completion the Hong Kong section of the bridge to Zhuhai and Macau may be put back by a year to the end of 2017, according to a new forecast. The Hong Kong government’s highways department said that two projects linked to the bridge - the Hong Kong boundary crossing facilities and the Hong Kong Link Road -  may not be completed by the end of next year as scheduled. This would have a knock-on effect on the opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai - Macau Bridge. The highways department said the delay is due to construction difficulties and challenges including an unstable material supply, labour shortages, airport height restrictions, environmental protection requirements and complications concerning the reclamation works needed. The three governments' joint works committee completed a preliminary assessment in September, which required all sides to refine their programme assessments. A major section of the bridge itself was completed this month (link opens in new tab).

Jury selects winning team in Nine Elms footbridge competition

The jury of the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge competition has endorsed the concept proposed by Bystrup Architecture and Cowi team for a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians over the River Thames in London. Pending final approval by Wandsworth Council's finance and corporate resources committee next week, the team will be selected as preferred bidder to develop a design for the new link.  The team - which is made up of Bystrup, Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen, Aarsleff, ÅF Lighting Aecom, Cowi Engineering and DP9 - was chosen from four shortlisted proposals from an initial field of 74 entries. The winning team's concept design will not necessarily be built - Wandsworth Council has used the process to select a team, rather than a bridge design. Graham Stirk, senior partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and chair of the competition jury panel, said: “This was an extremely difficult choice between four excellent teams, but ultimately we felt that Bysrup and their partners had the most compelling approach to the challenges posed in our brief. Their strategy is elegant and simple, they aspire to celebrate the river and create a thing of real beauty which is what this bridge should be. “Their light touch approach to landing points is commendable and the exploration of lighting and textured surfaces to manage movement across the bridge is both interesting and inventive. They see the bridge as a sustainable transport link and piece of new public realm which should be attractive, fun and a pleasure to use.” Erik Bystrup, speaking on behalf of the team, said: “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to design a new, modern piece of infrastructure for London. From the outset we wanted to design an elegant bridge that provided simple and uninhibited access for all, with minimal impact landings on each bank. We are very excited that this will be the first shared pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Thames, adding to the rich history of London’s river crossings.”  The cost of the crossing is estimated at US$60 million. 

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