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.