Leven River Rail Bridge Replacement

ClientTasRail
Value$8.32M
StateTasmania
CompletedMarch 2014

The Leven River Rail Bridge Replacement is being undertaken on the Western Line as part of the $20M ‘Four North West Bridges’ rehabilitation and replacement projects contracted out by Tasmanian Railway (TasRail). The project is located on the tidal Leven River approximately 1km south of the river’s entrance to Bass Strait.

The Project

Originally constructed in 1939, the Leven River Rail Bridge had been gradually deteriorating due to exposure to wind and the saline environment. An analysis of options lead to recommending the complete replacement of the existing structure on a new southern alignment. The benefits of this option include an improved alignment, increased load capacity, certainty of outcome compared to rehabilitation and lowest lifecycle costs.

The project comprises of the design and construction of a 160 metre long railway bridge. This construction required the use of a false work bridge to build the bridge over water. The falsework consisted of steel beams spanning between timber pile bents, a timber deck and running boards. This system was designed to accept a 70t pile driving rig, a 30t pile driving excavator and a 160t crane.

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