A DELICATE night-time operation has been carried out at Penrith to deliver a 180-tonne concrete beam.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said a second beam was delivered as part of the $105M Mulgoa Road upgrade.
“These beams are more than 35 metres long and two metres wide so precision driving is required,” Minister Constance said.
“The beams needed to be fabricated off-site by a local Newcastle business. Given the size NSW Police and Transport for NSW assisted crews with the first delivery during the long trip from Redhead to Penrith and will provided the same support for their delivery.”
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the beams will be used in a new rail bridge as part of the upgrade.
“The existing rail underpass will be widened to provide three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road, helping to ease congestion for Western Sydney drivers.”
A 350-tonne crane was on site on Saturday night to lift the beam and place it in the temporary storage area on site.
The upgrade would support the growing traffic demands in Western Sydney now and into the future.
The NSW and Federal Governments are jointly funding the Mulgoa Road upgrade which is expected to open to traffic in late 2020.