BGC Contracting has launched its expansion into NSW after being awarded the contract to replace the Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway, just south of Ulladulla. NSW Roads and Maritime Services report that construction of this $58 million project is expected to start in early 2016. Burrill Lake is approximately four kilometres south of Ulladulla on the A1 Princes Highway, which is the key transport corridor on the NSW south coast. The A1 Princes Highway crosses Burrill Lake on a causeway 150 metres long and a low-level bridge 55 metres long. The bridge is safe to carry traffic but is deteriorating and was identified to need upgrading in the near future.
Key features of the project
The scope of works include:
- A 290 metre long bridge spanning the lake on a new alignment to the east of the existing bridge
- Roundabouts on either side of the crossing to connect the A1 Princes Highway to local roads
- A pedestrian and cycle path on the new bridge, connecting to new paths on both sides and linking to the Ulladulla cycle path
- Pedestrian paths underneath both ends of the new bridge. There would be a total of five locations where pedestrians can safely cross the highway
- The new bridge and highway would be higher than the future 1 in 100 year flood level and reduce the impact of flooding
- Complete removal of the existing causeway and bridge
- A southern foreshore park on the existing bridge approach.
The winning tender
In announcing the tender, Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said:
“I am delighted to announce the tender for work to replace the Burrill Lake Bridge on the Princes Highway just south of Ulladulla with work to be undertaken by BGC Contracting Pty Ltd. It’s also great that this important project will bring with it a boost to employment opportunities for local people,”
“A number of businesses tendered for the project, which also includes roundabouts at either end of the new bridge to improve local road connectivity and a pedestrian and cycle path across the bridge which will link to the Ulladulla cycleway.
“BGC Contracting will also remove the existing crossing once the new bridge is open to traffic and build a southern foreshore park. The entire project is expected to cost about $58 million and will provide significant benefits to the community.
BGC Contracting expects to employ 50 people from the region during the project.
Photo: RMS NSW Government Burrill Lake Bridge
BGC's expansion into NSW
BGC Contracting CEO Greg Heylen said that the Burrill Lake success was part of the company’s renewed strategic focus on public infrastructure projects and other opportunities in resources on the east coast, particularly in NSW and Queensland.
“The turn in the commodity cycle has required us to refine our growth strategy by diversifying revenue streams through a broader geographic and commodities mix.
BGC Contracting has a proved track record in project delivery and in this case was able to develop an innovative approach that delivered to the NSW Government a more cost effective outcome that could be completed sooner than originally requested.
BGC Contracting’s scope of work includes temporary road diversions, demolition, utility relocation, management of environmental issues, construction of the road formation, piling and bridge substructure, remediation and landscaping. When completed, the 16-span pre-cast girder bridge will raise this section of the Princes Highway above the one in 100-year flood levels.”
Early work including utilities relocation has been completed with major building work expected to start later this month. The NSW Government has allocated $10 million in 2015/16 to start construction of the Burrill Lake Bridge replacement.
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