Major milestone achieved on the Reid Highway project in WA
22 August 2011
The Abigroup team delivering the new $30 million Reid Highway-Mirrabooka Avenue interchange in Western Australia recently completed a major milestone on the project - erecting the bridge beams for the overpass.
The team lifted 16 pre-fabricated concrete girders into place, each weighing 80 tonnes, using a 350-tonne and 280-tonne crane.
The girders will form the structure of the twin bridges being built as part of the new interchange to carry four lanes of traffic over Mirrabooka Avenue, eliminating a notorious black spot on the Reid Highway. The intersection carries an estimated 60,000 vehicles per day which is expected to increase to 85,000 a day during the next five years.
WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell said, “This is a long-awaited project that will greatly enhance safety for all road users and improve traffic efficiency on roads in this area.”
“Abigroup has just completed the $40 million Reid Highway-Alexander Drive interchange, which has already improved safety and significantly reduced delays since it opened in April.”
“Moving the same contractor straight on to the Mirrabooka Avenue project and using the same design has saved the State about $8 million in reduced workforce mobilisation, contract and project management costs.”
Abigroup General Manager Western Region, Maurice Dessauvagie said, “Completing this milestone on time, on budget and without incident is another demonstration of Abigroup’s ability to deliver major works in Western Australia.
“It is the platform set by the continued high performance of our project teams in the region that has enabled us to secure several new major projects during what is proving to be a breakthrough year for Abigroup in Western Australia.
“Congratulations to Project Manager Craig Irvine and Construction Manager Leon Fogliani and their team for achieving this major milestone on the project and continuing to strengthen Abigroup’s brand in Western Australia as a strong, innovative, diverse and reliable contractor,” Maurice said.
Over the next few months the team will complete the road pavement, bridge deck and guard rails and undertake final resurfacing and signalling on all roads before opening to traffic in December 2011.