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Taking the Hassle Out of Bridging

Topic(s): Rural

Product: Humes Double T Concrete Bridge

The bridge to the Collins Road property owned by Theland Farm Group was washed out in the storms from Cyclone Debbie in April, forcing dairy tankers, the Aero club and other users to use another access through the property. Farm Manager Jason Colebourn says the community is delighted with their new bridge, a Humes double T concrete bridge, which meets NZTA Class 1 loading requirements, and took only six days to install.

The bridge was a significant investment for the property. Jason sought four quotes for the job and went with Humes who helped facilitate the planning, the resource consent paperwork and the install.“It was important that there was transparency and that there were no hidden costs. What we were quoted on was what we got, and it all came through as one package.”

“The best thing was working with the team of specialists to make it happen”

Jason says he was impressed with the process from the initial quoting, to working with the specialists suggested by Humes to get the job done. The job was challenging because the ground at the site was peat soil, but the Humes team, the engineers and contractors came up with a solution.

“The best thing was working with the team of specialists to make it happen,” says Jason.

Humes Rural Territory Manager Dave Casey says the Collins Road bridge was significant for Humes as it was one of the first bridges the company facilitated dealing direct with its customers.

Dave says this project shows the advantages of Humes working closely with its customers so that it can find solutions for them, using the experience of appropriate consulting engineering and construction teams.

“Our job is to find a solution that works best for the farmer and their situation. Even if it’s a massive washout, we can do it. Our recommended consulting engineers can come up with a design for most ground conditions.”

Dave says another advantage of Humes dealing direct with its customers is that it can provide alternative solutions with products like culverts or concrete pipes if that is a better option.



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16 February 2018