Panel Bridges for Chile
Following its participation in a number of competitive tenders, Waagner-Biro was awarded a number of contracts for the supply of modular steel bridges (Bailey-type bridges), with individual spans ranging from 27 to 92 metres. The first large contract was completed in 2012, succeeded by additional contracts in 2013 and 2015. The majority of the bridges were installed at various sites on trunk roads east and west of the Carretera Austral, a highway that runs some 1,240 kilometres through rural Patagonia. A total of about 1 km of panel bridges have as yet been delivered to Chile.
Decisive in obtaining the orders was not only the price, but also rapid delivery and Waagner-Biro‘s technical competence. The first bridge was built across the Tranquilo River, replacing an old suspension bridge with a load limit of 5 tons. Installation on the 45.72m long and 4.20m wide steel bridge started as early as November 2013 and finished within a week. Trucks up to 40 tons can now cross the river.
By the end of 2016, most of the bridges had been installed and opened to traffic; the longest one is Borquez bridge with a length of 92m.
Waagner-Biro regularly supports the installation personnel of various Chilean clients by sending its installation experts and supervisors.
Facts & Figures
- Carretera Austral/Chile
- 2012 - 2017
- Business area
- Bridge Construction
- Project Type
- Panel Bridges
- Ejercito de Chile, Comando de Apoyo a la Fuerza