Three new boom lifts were hired from Kennards Hire to install security lights around the piers of the West Gate Bridge during the bridge strengthening project.
Gordon McKay, a leading Melbourne electrical, data communications and maintenance contractor carried out the work for the West Gate Bridge Strengthening Alliance, comprising of VicRoads, John Holland, SKM and Flint Neill.
Twice as long as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the 2.56km West Gate Bridge was initially designed to carry vehicles up to 25 tonnes, but is now used by B-Doubles up to 68 tonnes. Additionally, the initial 40,000 vehicle crossings a day has grown to 160,000.
Part of VicRoads’ $1.39 billion M1 upgrade, the bridge has now been strengthened to carry five traffic lanes in each direction, with new safety barriers installed to improve security and increase public safety.
A 14.02m straight boom and two 13.72m knuckle booms hired from Kennards Hire were used to install the security lighting and a cable ladder on the piers.
According to Gordon McKay supervisor, Pat Houlihan, the decision to hire the machines from Kennards was based on availability, price and service.
Kennards Hire has added more than 50 new boom lifts and scissor lifts to its hire fleet of elevating work platforms in Sydney and Melbourne, with a further rollout planned for other states.
Kennards’ fleet includes diesel-powered 4WD, 20.32m straight boom lifts, 18.47m knuckle boom lifts and 13.11m rough terrain scissor lifts as well as 14.02m straight booms, 13.72m knuckle booms and 10.31m knuckle booms. New additions also include electric-powered 13.72m and 9.14m knuckle booms.