Wagners Pre-cast have supplied eight pre-stressed pre-cast bridge girders made from Earth Friendly Concrete® for the Tweed Shire Council. The Council are using the girders to replace a timber road bridge in Upper Burringbar NSW that has reached its end of life. The use of Earth Friendly Concrete instead of ordinary concrete has reduced the carbon footprint of the bridge by over 12 tonnes, which is the equivalent to the total Greenhouse Gas emissions produced from driving a car 47,600km.
Tweed Shire Council, Construction Engineer, Cameron Maxwell said, “We believe sustainability is very important, that by protecting the environment and our natural resources, we are improving the quality of our lives. That is why we used Earth Friendly Concrete® by Wagners for girders to replace the timber bridge that had reached its end of life. Earth Friendly Concrete® is an exciting product as it does not sacrifice strength or durability while being substantially better for the environment than ordinary General-Purpose concrete.”
The girders were precast at Wagners Wacol facility, with the EFC® being delivered from Narangba batch plant. Wagners pre-cast produced the girders in a short amount of time and to a high-quality standard ensuring the girders could be installed without delay, maintaining a smooth project schedule.
Wagners EFC® Chief Commercial Officer, Jason Zafiriadis said, “We cannot commend the Tweed Shire Council highly enough for embracing a new technology that has allowed them to achieve a significant and measurable outcome for the built environment. The Tweed Shire Council have been an easy client to deal with and we look forward to working with them again in the future”.
Purlos bridge is 14.84 metres in length and is scheduled to reopen in October 2022. The asset has a 100-year design life and requires almost zero maintenance. Purlos is the second road bridge in NSW to be completed using EFC® since Kyogle Bridge was completed in 2021.
If you would like to discuss incorporating Earth Friendly Concrete® into your next bridge project, please contact, Sam Kelly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428 611 349.