Edwin Flack Bridge

Watpac, Major Projects and VicRoads

Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia

The Edwin Flack Bridge across Olympic Boulevard forms a link between the Plaza and AAMI Stadium. During the design and development stage, Calibre, in close collaboration with Watpac, Jackson Architecture and VicRoads, investigated a number of bridge solutions, with particular emphasis on minimising disruption to traffic during construction.

Particular challenges included interfacing the bridge with the existing AAMI Stadium concourse, including construction over an existing switch-room; design of the interface with the new Plaza, involving a complex, cantilevering slab supporting a steel walkway below via suspension ties; and control of dynamic response of the bridge, particularly in the lateral direction due to the pier columns arrangement.