Victoria Bridge

Cambridge, New Zealand
Waipā District Council

The project

Victoria Bridge is a historically significant listed structure spanning the Waikato River. It is over 100 years old and still used daily by large amounts of traffic. The bridge abutments were in urgent need of stabilisation.

Victoria Bridge spanning the Waikato river at Cambridge, New Zealand

The issues

Significant potential for traffic disruption as the bridge is in downtown Cambridge. Potential of negative impact on the river and surroundings.

Technical and safety challenges working on steep slopes high over the Waikato river.

The Avalon team meshing a dirt slope beneath Victoria Bridge

Our response

We designed and constructed retaining beam structures and installed over 1.5 km of soil nail anchors then meshed and shotcreted the abutment slopes. We communicated actively with local residents to ensure their cooperation.

Avalon team members with a drilling rig on a dirt slope above the Waikato river

The outcome

Despite the significant technical and safety considerations, there were no incidents, no complaints and minimal traffic disruption. Work completed on schedule, on budget and beyond expectations.