6 September 2023

Work ramps up on the Fitzroy River Bridge

BMD Constructions in alliance with Georgiou and BG&E have hit a major milestone in the Fitzroy River Bridge project with the installation of the first sections of deck on the launch pad. Located in Australia’s Kimberley region, the project involves the construction of a new two-lane bridge over the Fitzroy River, which will be around six times as strong and almost 100 metres longer than the former bridge and will include a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. Using an incremental launch technique, a launch pad was assembled on the western side of the river from which the bridge deck was moved into place in readiness to launch and connect with the opposite side of the river. This engineering method was used to alleviate the impact of rising water levels during the next wet season, with the bridge able to reach completion, even when the river is flowing. In addition to restoring this critical link across the Fitzroy River, the project is set to leave a lasting and sustainable legacy, creating skills development and economic opportunities for those who live and work in Fitzroy Crossing and the wider community. The Fitzroy River Bridge Alliance along with Main Roads Western Australia, has been working closely with local Traditional Owners and to date, the project has provided employment for more than 100 members of the local community, with around a quarter of total crew hours delivered by Aboriginal people.

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