The first of 72 locally built steel components for the Matagarup Bridge has been delivered to Burswood in Western Australia.
Civmec was awarded the contract to fabricate key bridge components in August 2017 and has made significant progress so far.
The decision to manufacture locally was made after it became clear the Malaysian-made bridge components were drastically behind schedule and there was no certainty they would ever arrive in Western Australia.
Weighing 30 tonnes, the 19m long bridge steel segment will form part of the three bridge arches that will be lifted into place to form the distinctive design of the pedestrian bridge, linking East Perth to Optus Stadium across the Swan River.
The steel segments will be delivered regularly through to March 2018 to the Burswood and East Perth construction sites where they will be assembled into the final three arches (the large central river arch and the two smaller arches either side).
The steel deck components will also be transported to site towards the end of the delivery phase for assembly and lifting into place.
Once assembled on the riverbank in Burswood, the central arch and deck sections will be lifted onto barges separately, floated onto the river and lifted into place using a pulley and lever lifting system.
The smaller arches will not be barged on to the river, but lifted from the East Perth and Burswood sides of the river.