More than 200 bridges and 11 more on the way

More than 200 bridges and 11 more on the way

Civilbuild reaches a milestone

In one of his few idle moments, Civilbuild’s managing director, Stephen Wood started counting the number of bridges the company has built since it was founded by his father, Ray, in 1969.

The total is more than 200 road, rail and mine bridges with more either under construction or on the drawing board.

“This sphere of our business has never been busier,” Stephen said. In this edition of SPAN we look at some of those bridges – from the big to the little, from bridges over busy rail lines, road bridges over deep ravines, a bridge that had to be kept warm with fires so the concrete could be poured in near freezing weather, bridges in coal mines and small bridges that had to be built in double quick time.

And a tiny foot bridge over a storm water drain so that some Newcastle Knights fans could get to home games without having to get their feet wet or take a long detour. Every bridge has presented a challenge, some more than others.

Difficult terrain, poor weather and even, in one case, venturing into the unknown have all been overcome courtesy of Civilbuild’s outstanding team of engineers, on site foremen and bridge carpenters.

Civilbuild now has another 11 bridges either under construction or on the drawing board with the largest of these over the Gwydir River at Inverell. That bridge is under way with an unusual story to tell on how the river bed was accessed to allow a pier foundation to be poured.

It is told in greater detail inside SPAN. Civilbuild’s reputation as bridge builders is spreading far and wide with the company to build a six span bridge, 150 metres long, over the Shoalhaven River at Goulburn.

The eight other bridges under way are over the Talbragar River at Dubbo (three spans), the Karuah River at Stroud (two spans) while seven smaller bridges will be built, five in the Tamworth area and two in the Upper Hunter.

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