BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE OPENS AT ROUSE HILL
Written on the 3 February 2017 by Kevin Conolly
Motorists who commute along Schofields Road Rouse Hill will have noticed that Tallawong Road has been reopened to connecting traffic with construction completed on a new road bridge over the new Sydney Metro railway tracks. The road was re-opened to traffic on Wednesday, 11 January 2017.
"The new bridge and a widened Tallawong Road are elements of the massive Sydney Metro project, which will change the way of life forever for this region," Mr Conolly said.
"We're ticking off one-by-one the big delivery milestones as we get closer to services starting in 2019 with a train every four minutes during peak periods."
Tallawong Road closed last year to enable major excavation work and the removal of 40,000 tonnes of earth and rock so a new railway corridor could be built between the Sydney Metro Trains Facility (SMTF) at Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road railway station.
A new bridge 36 metres long and wide enough for four lanes of traffic has been built and the road has now re-opened.
The bridge built using 12 massive concrete beams weighing 75 tonnes each now spans the railway corridor and reconnects Tallawong Road.
Works also involved widening Tallawong Road and upgrading drainage services. For homes near the SMTF site, kerb and guttering and concrete driveways are being installed.
"Two of the bridge's four lanes are currently in use with reduced speed limits under the guidance of traffic controllers. That's expected to remain in effect until construction of the nearby Sydney Metro Trains Facility (SMTF) is completed," Mr Conolly said.
The bridge is one of five in the SMTF and Cudgegong Road Station precinct.
Following the reopening of Tallawong Road, Cudgegong Road was closed to traffic to facilitate the construction of a new north-south bridge over the rail corridor.View the video here: https://app.frame.io/f/RluEFiXf
Author: Kevin Conolly
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