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Moddex balustrading used for Bruce Hwy project

Supplier: Moddex
01 September, 2014

The $150 million 3.4 km Cairns Bruce Highway Project, Queensland was designed to ease congestion and queuing.

Importantly, the project has also improved the safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and the disabled with the construction of a new multipurpose pedestrian bridge.

CairnsConnect had not worked with Moddex before prior to ordering the required balustrading work on the multipurpose bridge/overpass.

We selected the organisation because of its recognition in the market place as we needed to have maximum confidence in the installation of the guard and safety rails for what is one of Australia's largest pedestrian bridges spanning over six highway lanes and one railway line.

We asked Moddex to design, manufacture and supply its proprietary balustrading systems to meet all access and regulation requirements. They supplied their modular, no-weld range of Moddex Bikesafe, Assistrail and Conectabal solutions configured as one system for a shared pedestrian and cyclist zone with disability access.

Importantly, Moddex's technical team worked closely with CairnsConnect through project design stages to ensure compliance in a challenging 'shared zone' for bikes and pedestrians.

Importantly, CairnsConnect itself installed the 720 metres of the Moddex modular balustrades without the need of welders, fire spotters, hot works permits or professional installers. This is a first for us and completed within three weeks. This is a 50 per cent saving on time and effort compared to a custom built system.

Throughout, Moddex was at hand should we have any queries, but the ease of installation took us by surprise. And, of course, the no-weld construction enhances safety conditions on-site for all our workers without compromising the robustness of the balustrades.

Compliant with Austroads guidelines for cyclists and Australian Standard AS1428 for access and mobility, the Moddex balustrading systems offered installation and measurement flexibilities over six project phases.

The balustrades arrived on-site in conjunction with project phases as required, saving CairnsConnect temporary edge protection costs, along with potential disruptions to construction productivity and associated costs.

Where measurement variations occurred on-site, the Moddex systems offered us quick and cost-effective measurement flexibilities to avoid costly project delays.

Fundamentally, we found Moddex to be a one-stop-shop for our needs commencing with the design stage, through the workshop/manufacture stage and finalising at the delivery stage.

We had initially provided plans for a wholly fabricated, traditional balustrading system that would arrive on-site as a complete unit. But this may have resulted in construction delays, excessive temporary edge protection costs and large-scale delivery requirements that Moddex avoided for us.

CairnsConnect is definitely pleased with our Moddex partnership and the value the organisation brings to us and our customers.