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Cabbage Tree Creek & Redbank Road Rail Bridges

ClientQueensland Rail
Value$3.18M
StateQueensland
CompletedJuly 2016

As part of Queensland Rail's quest to replace numerous timber rail bridges on the North Coast Line between Brisbane and Townsville, Cabbage Tree Creek near Lowmead and Redbank Road Bridge near Tiaro were to be replaced with concrete rail bridges.

In late 2015, VEC were awarded the contract to replace both bridges. As the North Coast Line is a critical rail line for freight, livestock and passenger trains, the replacements were to take place in a short 48-hour shut-down - one of VEC's key capabilities.

Heavy rain had hit the East Coast of Australia the day before the shut-down was scheduled. The VEC team were prepared and had ensured that the construction sites were meticulously prepared to manage the expected extreme wet weather. With floods occurring in numerous States, the grounds on-site were extremely wet and although all of the crews were on-site, and all the equipment was ready to start, it was the weather that dictated if the project could start as per the program. With the skies clearing in the early morning of the first construction day, works could commence.

There were no safety incidents on either site. The entire project was finalised within the nominated budget. This project shows that VEC can complete limited closure rail bridge replacements with the environment of overhead electrified power lines. It is a cred to the team, innovative design and overall management for the successful delivery of both projects.

Head Office

10b Industrial Dr, Ulverstone,
TAS 7315

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Hobart Office

Level 3, 116 Bathurst Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Melbourne Office

Level 10, 567 Collins Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 (03) 9278 5100
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Queensland Office

2 Burke Street,
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112