Frederickton to Eungai Pacific Highway Upgrade

The F2E project involved the construction of a 26 km long dual carriage highway on the Pacific Highway located north of Frederickton.

The new highway passes through extensive flood plains with deep deposits of soft alluvial soils. To make this possible, the project required the construction of 13 main line bridges and overbridges, along with many culvert structures and other infrastructure. It’s worth noting that around 5 km of the fills on the project were supported by soft, compressible foundations.

Douglas Partners was engaged to provide geotechnical design advice during the tender design and then following award of the project Douglas Partners undertook the detailed geotechnical design and then provided geotechnical construction supervision and ongoing advice on geotechnical matters.

During the detailed design stage Douglas Partners carried out additional geotechnical investigations including drilling of boreholes, excavation of test pits and cone penetration tests. As part of the detailed design Douglas Partners developed geotechnical models along the route and provided advice on cut and fill batters, material reuse, foundation treatments, and foundations for bridge structures.

Douglas Partners also undertook detailed analysis and design of treatments to control the long term settlements of the fills (including wick drains and surcharge) and pile supported embankments at bridge abutments to transition the settlements between the bridges and adjacent fills.

Douglas Partners designed the instrumentation required to monitor the settlements of fills over soft soils and supervised its installation and subsequent monitoring.