Sydney Metro’s railway bridge at Rouse Hill is well underway following the first tower lifting into place during a precision operation.
Two large cranes lifted the 210 tonne tower onto the bridge deck over Windsor Road, before it was bolted into place.
The 29m tall steel tower was made in Western Sydney and delivered to Rouse Hill under police escort because of its size. It required a 55m long, 18-axle truck and trailer combination for the 17km trip.
Next, 16 steel cables will be installed from the tower to the bridge deck followed by a second tower to be installed soon.
The top of the bridge towers will be 45m above road level once complete.
The landmark railway bridge, similar in design to Sydney’s Anzac Bridge, is an Australian first – a cable-stayed railway bridge built on a curve.