2010 Kiwi Rail Arahura Road/Rail Bridge
Biennial Railway Project Award for 2010
THE 2010 INDUSTRY AWARD IS MADE TO KIWIRAIL FOR THE ARAHURA ROAD/RAIL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT ACROSS THE ARAHURA RIVER ON THE WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND IN NEW ZEALAND.
The project required the replacement of a 122 year old, 203 metre long timber bridge serving concurrently both rail and a single lane road. Not only were the engineering challenges considerable, when considering that disruption to rail and road traffic had to be kept to the minimum but there were also significant traditional, environmental and heritage issues to overcome. It is a credit to all involved that the project was completed four months ahead of schedule.