As part of the Governments strong focus and efforts on improving freight efficiency, recent rail line upgrades included the Bridge 105 ECMT Replacement in Tauranga.
Fulton Hogan were selected as the main contractor to deliver this project, which involved replacing a fire span bridge with a new 3-span bridge structure. KiwiRail closed the rail line so the existing bridge could be lifted out piece by piece and deconstructed. The rebuilding of the new bridge structure then had to be constructed offline so (a temporary) rail could continue to operate. Once the new bridge had been constructed, the construction team had a 48-hour window while KiwiRail closed the rail line again to slide the new bridge back into the final position. This involved the construction team working late into the night to get this done within the timeframe.
As part of the Bridge replacement, Moddex was contracted by Fulton Hogan to supply & install over 100m of service access handrails to both sides of the bridge.
Our Client said,
“Moddex is essential to this project as the handrails are an essential part to the operational aspects of the bridge for maintenance purposes – there are people that have to get onto the bridge and inspect it once it’s in place.”
Why was Moddex product selected?
Being a modular system, we were able to fit in with the unique construction of the bridge. Our handrail systems could be installed on the new bridge structure which was built to one side of the main line and then shifted into place.
The Moddex handrail was attractive to the client as the modular build ensured fast installation and on-site flexibility which removed the possibility of costly and time-consuming on and off-site customisation at the installation stage.
Our proprietary slotted kickplate was also of great benefit because it could be retrofitted on site which eliminated the need for drilling. This brought install efficiencies as no site drilling means no metal filings are needed to be cleaned up. It also eliminated the need for zinc spraying bare steel from drilling.
Moddex have given us the full package of design, supply and install. It looks sharp, does the job and was quick to install.Rodney Stone, Project Manager at Fulton Hogan
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