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Massive girders installed on Botany Rail Duplication

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has installed the first of two temporary steel girders for the Southern Cross Drive Bridge, as part of the ongoing Botany Rail Duplication project.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has installed the first of two temporary steel girders for the Southern Cross Drive Bridge, as part of the ongoing Botany Rail Duplication project.

The steel girder was lifted into place by a 600-tonne crane and will allow new concrete girders to be poured in site, without closing the road below.

Each temporary girder spans 33 metres long and weighs 115 tonnes, the second girder will be lifted into place later this month, with the new bridge expected to be finished in late 2023.

ARTC General Manager NSW Projects, Major Construction Projects, Julian Richards said the Southern Cross Drive Bridge is one of five bridges we are constructing or modifying in the Botany Rail Duplication project, with major construction works for the project on track to be complete in 2024.

“Not only will this project increase freight capacity, it will also encourage more freight movements to be made by rail – helping to shift freight away from road transport and reduce truck movements and associated traffic congestion,” Richards said.

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“Each extra freight train travelling on the Port Botany Rail Line will take up to 54 trucks off Sydney’s roads and that will be well received by local road users.

“We thank motorists for their patience while bridge construction works take place.”

The $400 million project aims to deliver better access to global export markets via Port Botany and improve freight supply chains across New South Wales.

The project will duplicate the remaining 2.9-kilometre section of single line track to Port Botany and construct a passing loop on the Southern Sydney Freight Line at Cabramatta to accommodate freight trains up to 1300 metres in length.

Preparations are also underway for major works in August, when the existing O’Riordan Street Bridge will be demolished, and a new double-track concrete bridge constructed during a five-day rail shutdown.

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