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Kimberley Rail Bridge Flood Repairs

ClientTasRail
Value$2.38M
StateTasmania
CompletedJuly 2016

On the 6th of June 2016, Tasmania’s North West Coast was hit with devastating floods that destroyed several structures along the coast. The rail line affected between Burnie and Brighton, is the busiest in the state, carrying 65% of freight along the corridor. The Tasmanian Government estimated damages of up to $100m across the state. The floods took the lives of two people and destroyed properties, roads and structures across the entire coast. 173 buildings were affected and 52 homes damaged.

With more than 100 roads being closed during the height of the emergency, it was inevitable that several roads and structures were going to need repairs in the following weeks.

One of the major structures Kimberley Rail Bridge, which crosses the Mersey River on the North West Rail Line, had been significantly damaged by the floods. One of four bridge spans collapsed under flood water, leaving the single carriage rail line impassable.

Works to repair the bridge included geotechnical investigation, design, demolition of the partially collapsed structures, driving steel piles for a new abutment, fabrication of a 45 tonne steel bridge span, construction of 200 metres of rail embankment to a height of 4 metres, track installation and bank protection. The Project Manager worked closely with the client, TasRail, and other stakeholders to ensure that the works could be completed within just five short weeks to get the rail line operating again.

The first train passed over the Kimberley Rail Bridge just 36 days after the floods.

 

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