This project involved the design and construction of 12 crossings in the Snowy District, and forms part of DEECA’s larger Roads and Fixed Assets works program. It involved replacement of the road, bridge and culvert structures that were in a poor or unsafe condition as a result of their age or the effects of flood or fire, and that were nearing the end of their serviceable life.
This work assisted in providing safe and efficient access and egress to large tracts of public land, to enhance supporting fire management activities, including movement of critical heavy firefighting equipment whilst also improving public access.
Scope of Works
The project comprised 12 separable portions of works, with the scope of work including, but not limited to:
- Quality, Safety, Environmental and Worksite and Traffic Management
- Design Management
- Survey and set out of the works
- Mobilisation and Site Establishment
- Provision of As-Constructed drawings
- Clearing and grubbing and trimming of vegetation
- Construction of earthworks formation
- Construction of subbase and base pavement
- Supply and placement of rock beaching
- Stormwater Drainage
- Construction of 8 bridges and 4 culvert structures
- Installation of Road Furniture (e.g. Signs, Guideposts etc)
- Demolition of existing structures
- Installation of approach guardrail and railings
Environmental protection and management was critical for this project, with works requiring planning and to be carried out with minimal disturbance to the Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC’s) and the Rainforest Site of Significance (RSOS). The projects also involved compliance with vegetation removal requirements, and weed and seed controlled through washdown methods. With some project works located within the East Gippsland crayfish catchment area, management of sediment runoff, erosion control, natural water flow and water quality was important.