Kawarau Falls Bridge
Allied Concrete has played a vital role in supplying concrete for the new Kawarau Falls Bridge in Queenstown, set to open late 2017.
Construction of the new Kawarau Falls bridge, located just outside Frankton, Queenstown nears completion and will provide a significant reduction in traffic congestion, increase safety and improved accessability into the Wakatipu Basin. The bridge will be 252 metres long, 14 metres wide, constructed on a curve with a 163 metre radius and designed to withstand a once in every 2,500 year earthquake.
Allied Concrete is the preferred concrete supplier with over 3000 m3 supplied to the main contractor McConnell Dowell. The technically demanding project has required a significant volume of high strength concrete with stringent testing requirements. Allied Concrete's Technical Team played a critical role ensuring quality standards were consistently met throughout the project.
Average daily two-way traffic count in 2016 on the existing single bridge was 8,598 vehicles. The new two-lane bridge is being built just downstream from the existing single lane bridge with a modified northern approach from Frankton. The southern approach will tie in with the present highway that runs along the river bank. This two-way flow will help improve traffic movement at a major traffic pressure point on the local highway network during the busy Christmas/New Year holiday period.
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