V1 Veloway Bridge Gantry - Fabrication of all Steelwork for Project
Overview of Project
The gantry was Stage D of the V1 Veloway Bikeway Project and created access over Juliette Street and a section of bikeway from Cornwall Street to O’Keefe Street.
Scope of Works
Neumann Contractors were awarded the steel bridge gantry’s supply, manufacture, and heavy transport, including aluminium powder-coated screen frames, handrails, balustrades, and bridge bearings. Overall, the steel fabrication required approximately 170T of fabricated steel to comply with TMR MRTS78 Specification for Fabrication of Structural Steelwork. The gantry was divided into three fabricated sections at 45meter in length per section. On completion of galvanising, was outfitted before transport with powder-coated handrails, aluminium screen frames and concrete deck formwork in Neumann Contractor’s yard located at Currumbin, Queensland. The structure required approximately 9,200 workshop person-hours to complete.
The length of each gantry section required the gantry to be fabricated in 10-meter half-sections so that steelwork could fit in the galvanising kettle. Due to this restriction, each gantry was fabricated in 5 five truss sections. Each section consisted of an upper and lower truss that would be bolted and fully tensioned after galvanising.
The design of the gantry presented several challenges to the fabrication team as follows:
- Each truss required a camber after galvanising, and this was introduced through the assembly and welding of half-sections in the yard after protective coating.
- The fabricated trusses were heavily restrained in various crucifix joins, which presented a risk of lamellar tearing during and after welding. However, Neumann Fabrication minimised this risk through detailed weld procedures.
- The gantry trusses were 45 meters long and 4 meters wide, requiring a specialised jinker transport truck. The transportation of these components was completed at night.
The project timeline required 24-hour fabrication of the steelwork and an experienced construction team to ensure yard assembly of the truss sections continued progressively through to site delivery and erection deadlines. In addition, the size of Neumann Contractor’s laydown yard allowed the assembly of the large trusses to be completed adjacent to fabrication works with easy and unrestricted access to the M1 motorway for heavy transport.