A busy weekend for three Indeco hammers working on the Princes Freeway

20 October 2020

The Princes Freeway is the 160-kilometre Australian motorway that connects Melbourne to Geelong on the west and Traralgon on the east.

The Princes Highway-Geelong Road is one of the main routes that connect Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs and is used daily by commuters, families, public and freight vehicles.

The Duncan Road junction is a key route to and from many suburbs: the bridge, built 61 years ago, has a daily circulation of approximately 11,000 vehicles.

To improve traffic flow and road safety, the State of Victoria carried out an upgrade work on the Duncan Road junction, which included:

● the construction of new exit ramps
● the demolition of the old bridge and the construction of the new one with two lanes in both directions
● the addition of two new ramps for traffic to and from Geelong
● the construction of cycle and pedestrian paths and safe crossings on Duncan Road

To minimize traffic disruption, the old bridge had to be demolished in just one weekend. The flyover was in fact closed to traffic on Saturday 20th June, in the evening, and reopened on Monday morning.

The works were carried out in record time by City Circle Demolition, one of the most important Australian demolition companies, a client of Indeco since 2016.

One HP 5000 and two HP 7000 hammers by Indeco played an important role in the demolition of the Duncan Road bridge and of the safety barriers of the pillars, which were built using high MPA concrete with extra steel reinforcements to withstand the impact of a truck of about 70 tons traveling at 100 km / h.

Indeco hammers have once again proven to be a reliable partner wherever there is demolition work to be carried out.


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