News bulletin 34:
News bulletin 34: 25 Aug 2020

Expressions of interest are open from contractors to oversee and manage the design and construction of the Darwin Ship Lift Project. The EOI closes 25 September. A briefing to discuss the project is on 1 September from 8.30am to 10am (NT time) with a live stream option via Zoom.

As part of the Albion Park Rail bypass project (pictured), precast concrete beams have been installed on two new bridges in preparation for the concrete pour for the bridge decks. Three more bridges along the Illawarra Highway and the new East West Link are due to receive the precast beams. When complete, the project will include 13 bridges.

Consultation is underway for future major upgrades to Brisbane's Gateway Motorway and the Bruce Highway. The upgrades will be between Brackenridge and the Pine River, and the Bruce Highway north of Dohles Rocks Road, including ramps.

A report has been released by the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation in the US on Improving the Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete. The research explores the hindrance to implementing performance-based specifications in relation to the lack of a reliable and cost-effective test method for permeability of concrete.

The Singleton Bypass project on the New England Highway is moving into the concept design and environmental assessment phase following feedback and response to 154 submissions in an RMS submissions report.

With the aim of reducing fly ash pollution, the Indian Government has announced a pilot project to set up new cement units near power plants in a JV between Mahagenco and cement companies, with tenders to announced soon. The government plans to offer land, water, fly ash and gypsum to cement units whose only need will be to set up the machinery.