This work was part of the wider Four North West Bridges project which galvanized VEC’s position as a leader in the bridge construction industry.
The original 8 span Forth River rail bridge was built way back in 1885. VEC recommended that the old timber ballast deck, supported by wrought-iron girders be replaced on a new southern alignment.
The VEC team needed to take proactive steps to design an innovative pilling support mechanism for the new bridge. Workplace Standards inspected our design and, impressed with VEC’s solution, nominated us for a WorkSafe Tasmania Award.
Lessons learned from the Blythe, Don and Leven River Rail Bridge replacements meant this work was completed three months ahead of schedule.
The new bridge increased load capacity, improved rail alignment and delivered a 100 year maintenance free structure.