R160m Bridal Veil Overpass Bridge creates direct link to Mall of Africa

27 February 2017
The new R160 million Bridal Veil Road overpass bridge, developed by Atterbury Property Development, has created a brand-new east-west transport route at the Mall of Africa in Midrand. AECOM provided design and construction-management services for this prestigious project.
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AECOM was appointed by the Attacq Waterfall Investment Company (AWIC) in May 2014 to provide design and construction management services for the construction of the Bridal Veil Overpass Bridge, as part of a link over the N1 to the new Mall of Africa at Waterfall Estate on the southern side of Allandale Interchange in Midrand.

The AECOM design team was under the leadership of Frans Kromhout, and the construction management team under the leadership of Jacques Naude. The construction phase started on 19 November 2014, and was completed successfully on 18 March 2016, in time for the new Mall of Africa opening in April 2016. About ten people from AECOM’s Civil Infrastructure End Market participated in this successful project.

The new R160 million Bridal Veil Overpass Bridge creates a direct link between Midrand and Waterfall City, with the new R40 million, 1-km-long S-bend dual carriageway extension to Bridal Veil Road, which takes shoppers right to the doors of Mall of Africa.

The bridge’s superstructure is 115.8 m long and 22.7 m wide. It carries four lanes of traffic – two in each direction – a pedestrian walkway, a cycle lane and a raised centre median. In addition, road infrastructure was upgraded substantially on Maxwell Drive, to the west of the mall, where increased capacity was created at the intersections. The existing traffic circles were upgraded to signalised intersections at a cost of R17 million.

The conceptual design of the bridge was dictated by the possible positions where piers could be constructed between the north- and south-bound carriageways of the N1 Highway, in addition to the on- and off-ramps of the Allandale Interchange, where the bridge crosses. Accommodation of traffic on the extremely busy N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria had a major influence on the type of structure that could be built, as well as the aesthetic considerations of the bridge itself.

It was decided that the bridge would follow similar design principles to those applied on the nearby Allandale Interchange bridges. Precast M-beams in a pseudo box-girder arrangement with façade panels were decided on. Multi-column piers with vertical fluting similar to those of the existing bridges were designed, together with reinforced earth abutments with fluted concrete panels. Durable concrete and suitable concrete cover to reinforcement were specified to ensure a 100-year design life for the structure.

The AECOM team earned high praise from the client with a NPS score of 9. “AECOM team’s commitment, effort, drive, and ability to deliver a project within a very tight programme, and with a final cost-saving on the construction budget for the client, contributed to the overall success,” Kromhout comments.

The team also received a very good safety rating of more than 80% on the project – this while constructing a bridge over the fully functional N1 freeway in Midrand, with an average of 200 000 vehicles using this stretch of the road network daily, without any recordable injury or construction-related accident on the project.

Developed by leading South African property developer and investor Atterbury, Southern Africa’s largest single-phase shopping centre development, Mall of Africa is a new R5-billion, 130 000 m2 super-regional mall situated in Waterfall City, with access from Pretoria, Sandton and Johannesburg.


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