The $2.6 billion Sydney Gateway project has reached a major milestone with the first four of 17 massive concrete headstocks being installed at Mascot for a flyover road.
The 17 headstocks will support an 800m flyover road, connecting motorists to Sydney Airport with a toll-free connection.
The headstocks each stand at more than 6m tall and weigh more than a full Boeing 737.
New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said it was yet another milestone in the State Government’s $110 billion infrastructure pipeline.
“This is a transformative project that will get people to and from Sydney Airport faster, supporting more than 4,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, while modernising our road network,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This is yet another example of the New South Wales Government’s decade of delivery, which has transformed Greater Sydney and New South Wales while vastly improving quality of life for residents and businesses.”
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes, said 17 headstocks weighing more than 90 tonnes each would be installed to support the flyover road.
“Businesses in Western Sydney and Regional NSW have been integral to this project, with the headstocks manufactured in Picton using steel made in Western Sydney, all to support 34m long steel and concrete girders made in Maitland,” Mr Stokes said.
“Sydney Gateway is great news for local residents also, giving them an additional 3km of new pedestrian and cycle paths along the Alexandra Canal.”
New South Wales Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward, said Sydney Gateway will have the capacity to carry 100,000 vehicles daily and slash travel times to and from the airport when it opens to traffic at the end of 2024.
“One of the key features of Sydney Gateway is the landmark Australian steel arch bridge connecting to the International Terminal, that will be wider than the Sydney Harbour Bridge,” Mrs Ward said.
“This project will help slash travel times from Parramatta to Sydney Airport by up to 40 minutes in the morning peak, bypassing 26 sets of traffic lights.
“In addition to the travel time savings, the Sydney Gateway will also deliver stunning Indigenous artwork and designs on the flyover, walls, underpass and paths making for an iconic entrance to Australia’s largest airport for travellers and motorists.”