Chandler Highway is a critical connection between Melbourne’s inner eastern and northern suburbs. It serves as the only route across the Yarra River connecting to the Eastern freeway for all transport modes with approximately 44,000 vehicles travelling over it each day.
After extensive planning, Seymour Whyte’s Chandler Highway Upgrade team reached a key milestone in April 2018, lifting in the 52m steel beams for spans 1 and 2 of the new six-lane bridge.
Seymour Whyte’s design utilised steel girders to achieve longer bridge spans, improving the open space beneath the bridge through the removal of one set of piers, and reducing environmental risk by moving pier construction activities further away from the iconic Yarra River.
The company’s Operations Manager – Victoria Courtney Hoops said, “Each of the six beams were lifted into position as a single lift with a 600 tonne crawler crane, or in dual lift with an additional 350-tonne crane. These complex lifts take months of effort in planning and industry-best personnel to execute them, and are a credit to all involved.”
“Congratulations to the entire project team on achieving this major milestone.”
June will see the final two spans of girders installed, and will complete the link between the banks of the Yarra.
Works will then continue to compete the concrete deck, barriers and approach works.
Span 1 beams lifted in commencing construction of superstructure for the new Chandler Highway bridge