A railway intersection in NSW.

Bridge works are underway on the Australian Rail Track Organisation’s (ARTC) Botany Rail Duplication project, as the first of two temporary steel girders has been installed for the Southern Cross Drive Bridge. 

The use of temporary bridge girders allows new concrete girders to be poured in situ, without closing the road below. Each temporary girder spans 33m long and weighs 115t, the second girder will be lifted into place later this month, with the new bridge expected to be finished in late 2023.

The Federal Australian Government is fully funding ARTC to deliver the $400 million project, which will deliver better access to global export markets via Port Botany, improve freight supply chains across New South Wales and help reduce the number of trucks on local roads.

The project will duplicate the remaining 2.9km section of single line track to Port Botany and construct a passing loop on the Southern Sydney Freight Line at Cabramatta to accommodate freight trains up to 1,300m in length.

Preparations are also underway for major works in August, when the existing O’Riordan Street Bridge will be demolished, and a new double-track concrete bridge constructed during a five-day rail shutdown.

ARTC General Manager of NSW Projects and Major Construction Projects, Julian Richards said, “The Southern Cross Drive Bridge is one of five bridges we are constructing or modifying in the Botany Rail Duplication project, with major construction works for the project on track to be complete in 2024.

“I’d like to thank the ARTC and contractor teams for their efforts, and for getting the work done as efficiently as possible, minimising disruptions to motorists,” Mr Richards said. 

“Not only will this project increase freight capacity, it will also encourage more freight movements to be made by rail – helping to shift freight away from road transport and reduce truck movements and associated traffic congestion.

“Each extra freight train travelling on the Port Botany Rail Line will take up to 54 trucks off Sydney’s roads and that will be well received by local road users.

“We thank motorists for their patience while bridge construction works take place.”

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