Makira Bridge - Fabrication Works


Customer: Soloman Island Government, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development

Location: Makira, Soloman Islands

Contract Type: ECI


Transport Solutions New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Fast Facts

  • Steel structre total weight: 18 tonne, comprising:
  • Fabrication arch member: 84 tonne
  • Fabrication of Bowstring: 76 tonne
  • Fabrication of K-Brace: 13.2 tonne
  • Portal: 7.8 tonne
  • Hand rail: 3 tonne
  • Galvanised painting system
  • Total man hours: 62,409
  • No safety issues recorded
  • Project delivered on time

McConnell Dowell were awarded the construction works for the Makira bridge development works by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development of the Solomon Island Government in 2010. As part of the project, two high level bridges were required to be fabricated, delivered and installed over the Maepua and Magoha rivers.

The scope of work consisted of the fabrication and supply of the two units of galvanized high level steel arch bridges totalling approximately 190 Tonnes.  Fabrication began on 25th December 2010 with all works completed and delivered on 18 February 2011.

The Makira Bridge Crossings Project was part of the Solomon Islands Road Improvement (Sector) Project, the two year project scope included: 

  • Two high level bridges
  • Two steel girder bridges
  • Nine low level bridges
  • Nine causeways
  • Four multi-cell causeways
  • 150 m of reinforced concrete pipe culverts
  • 75 m of reinforced concrete box culverts
  • 56 km of existing road maintenance 

McConnell Dowell in the Pacific 

McConnell Dowell has worked extensively across the Pacific since 1987 including in Fiji, American Samoa, Samoa, Rarotonga, Pitcairn, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Midway Island, Guam, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.  

The nature of our projects have been diverse from land and marine infrastructure and have included river crossings and road improvements in the Solomon Islands, port expansions in Rarotonga, new nickel processing facilities in New Caledonia, and airport runway upgrades in Tonga, Tuvalu, and Kiribati as part of the Pacific Aviation Investment Programme.  

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