The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 80 (2002) > Issues > Issue 2 > The Otira Viaduct design and construction
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The Otira Viaduct design and construction

The Otira Viaduct is a 445m long prestressed concrete box girder bridge recently constructed in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The site is set in majestic mountains high in the Arthur’s Pass National Park. The area’s geological, geotechnical and environmental conditions, together with the terrain and active river conditions, made this an unusually challenging and demanding project. This paper describes the design and construction of the balanced cantilever bridge, which has spans up to 134m and piers constructed deep into avalanche material with rock compressive strengths of up to 250MPa. Ian J. Billings, BE (Hons) FIPENZ Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand Richard J. Holyoake, BE (Hons) MIPENZ Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand