Rapid Growth Project 5

Project Overview

The Rapid Growth Project 5 is located in the north-west of Western Australia. Work commenced in 2009 and consisted of the construction of approximately 220 km of heavy rail line between Port Hedland and Shaw Siding on the Newman/Yandi line. The object of the project was to increase Western Australia’s iron-ore capacity from 150 million tons to 200 million tons per year.

Project Description

Quickway was engaged to carry out the construction of 10 heavy duty dual carriageway rail bridges. The elements involved included pile-caps, foundations, detailed trestle plinths, bridge girder decks and on-ground approach slabs.


Number of Bridges: 10 Dual Carriage Rail Bridges

Number of Bridge Construction Concurrently: 3

Type of Bridge: Overbridge – over rail

Type of Superstructure: Steel sections on columns and headstocks

Type of Substructure: In- situ abutments, pile caps, columns and headstocks

Type of Parapets: Incorporated in pre-fabricated steel sections

Key Challenges

  • Remote location – camp job (Fly In Fly Out)
  • Sensitive environment – consideration for Indigenous heritage and tribal practices
  • Maintaining morale and productivity – kept workforce motivated through active leadership and engagement

MacMahon Leighton Joint Venture

Asset Owner



1 year

Roads & Bridges