Construction is underway on the state’s second longest steel arch bridge, which will connect light rail users, cyclists and pedestrians when the Parramatta Light Rail opens in 2023.
It is the biggest of the six bridges being constructed for the project and will stretch across six lanes of traffic on James Ruse Drive in Rosehill. The bridge will accommodate the new light rail, and walking and bike-riding path.
The giant bronze arches will be an amazing sight for locals and anyone travelling through the area. The new bridge has the second longest steel arch bridge span in the state, behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To build the 15-metre-high steel arch, it is made of assembled pieces of fabricated steelwork, each piece weighing up to 60 tonnes.
The 1425-tonne steel and concrete structure will be moved into position during a weekend closure of James Ruse Drive in the coming months. Once in place, the bridge will be fitted out for light rail and pedestrian and cyclist use.