New rail bridge placed over Christmas Castlereagh Road

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The demolition of an old rail bridge and installation of a new one across Castlereagh Road at Penrith is almost complete.

Minister for Roads Andrew Constance said crews are working around the clock to finish the work and reopen Castlereagh Road on New Year’s Eve.

“Around 200 workers have helped replace the old rail bridge with a new one so crews can now get on with widening this section of Castlereagh Road,” Mr Constance said.

“Crews worked hard to carefully take out the old bridge, which included removing rail tracks and signals, sections of the existing embankments and the old bridge supports.

“Installation of the new reinforced concrete rail bridge, which is almost 40 metres long and weighs around 2800 tonnes, will allow crews to get on with widening the road.”

Specialist equipment from Belgium made easy work of the rail bridge installation, making it look like the new rail bridge slid into place.

“Watching the old rail bridge come down and seeing the new one installed was a remarkable sight.”

“Around 5000 tonnes of material, including concrete and steel, has been removed. Crews are now working hard to rebuild embankments, install rail tracks and signals as well as remove material from the roadway to reopen it by early Tuesday morning.

“Demolishing the old rail bridge and installing a new one in five days is a great effort, one which saw minimal disruption to motorists, freight operators and our community.”

Once complete in late 2020, the Mulgoa Road/Castlereagh Road upgrade between Union Road and Museum Drive will provide increased road capacity for expected future growth in the Penrith region.

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