M-Lock® system speeds replacement of Victorian bridge

Bass Coast Shire Council in Victoria recently completed its first M-Lock® precast bridge – and the longest precast M-Lock® bridge in the State so far. The 3-span, 36-metre bridge crosses the lower Powlett River near Wonthaggi, south-east of Melbourne.

The previous timber bridge had to be replaced when the Shire placed a load limit on it because of its age and condition. Leed Engineering of Adelaide compiled a successful design and construct tender for the project, in conjunction with Rocla’s Adelaide sales and engineering teams. After the installation of piles and headstocks, it took only 8 hours to place the 12 deck planks to complete the bridge. An alternate route for the road was created while the new M-Lock® bridge was built because the existing road and bridge serviced several houses as well as a caravan park. This area is also very popular with day tourists, both for the surf beach and the fishing.