In 2008 Tropical Storm Arthur destroyed the 90 m long road bridge across the Kendal River in Belize, following which the river was only crossable by a makeshift single lane bridge. In 2010 the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) provided funds to build a new bridge.
As subcontractor to the British subsidiary of Waagner-Biro, Qualter, Hall & Co., Waagner-Biro Bridge Systems was successfully awarded the contract for this project tendered by the Ministry of Works in Belize.
The scope of performances for Waagner-Biro included the design and engineering for the steel truss and also the supervision of the installation on site. For the technical planning of the 90 m long and 11.5 m high, double-lane road bridge, Waagner-Biro Bridge Systems was using 3D software, to meet the extremely tight deadline of 3 months for the complete processing.
Qualter, Hall & Co. was responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the bridge. In order to plan the assembly sequences optimally, the steel structure was assembled on a trial basis before galvanizing in full scale in the United Kingdom.
After five months of construction, assembly of the bridge on auxiliary pillars in the riverbed was successfully completed in May 2012. Waagner-Biro assisted the three-month installation with a supervisor on site.
Facts & Figures
- Business area
- Bridge Construction
- Project Type
- Modular Bridges
- Ministry of Works