New South Wales’ second longest steel arch bridge has been lifted into place in a major milestone for the Parramatta Light Rail project.
The 64-metre long, 15-metre-high steel arch bridge is only the second longest steel arch bridge in New South Wales, behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a span measuring 503 metres long, with an arch measuring 134 metres from top of water level.
Made of assembled pieces of fabricated steelwork, the steel bridge weights 417 tonnes, with each piece weighing up to 60 tonnes. The complete steel and concrete structure weighs 1425 tonnes.
The structure will connect pedestrians, cyclists and light rail users, with the bridge now connecting 65,000 motorists who use James Ruse Drive in Rosehill every day.
Over 200 jobs were created as a result of the bridge construction and it took eight hours to move and lower the structure into place.
The bridge will now be fitted out with light rail tracks and will connect the local community with Tramway Avenue’s new light rail stop. The project will also make travel safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Australian-made steelwork for the bridge was fabricated by Western Sydney based company, S&L Steel, before it was transported to Rosehill for assembly.
The $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, transporting around 28,000 people every day to key destinations, new communities and essential services. It is expected to open in 2023.
The dual-track light wail will pass a total of 11 bridges across the Parramatta region, with six new bridges being built and five existing bridges being modified. The newly installed steel arch bridge over James Ruse Drive at Rosehill is the biggest bridge construction on the project.