Inland Rail: McConnell Dowell lifting final beams into place in Glenrowan

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Inland Rail’s Beaconsfield Parade bridge in Glenrowan is almost complete, as the last concrete beam is being installed by McConnell Dowell to finish the 145m span over the railway line.

ARTC Inland Rail is building a higher bridge in Glenrowan, to facilitate the safe passage of double-stacked freight trains for the Inland Rail project, with our construction partner McConnell Dowell using a 750-tonne crane to lift the final seven 30-tonne beams into place this week.

In total, 51 concrete beams are incorporated into the bridge – 30 for the vehicle section and 21 beams for the pedestrian section of the bridge. More than 1200m³ of concrete has been used to construct the bridge.

Work started on the bridge in February 2023 and is expected to open next month for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and the large number of tourists who visit Glenrowan.

“Completing the bridge span over the rail line is an exciting milestone,” says ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects Ed Walker.

“It’s challenging to build a bridge like this with a working rail line underneath, but the team is doing a terrific job,” says ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects Ed Walker.

“Thank you to the Glenrowan residents for their patience and understanding. They’ve had to endure 12 months of disruptions but we’re nearly there,” says ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects Ed Walker.

Inland Rail is a nation-building project that will transform how goods are moved around Australia.

“We’re excited to reach this milestone within the project with the main bridge structure now complete,” says McConnell Dowell Senior Project Engineer Peter Lacki.

“With the final beams in place we will work on completing the barrier installation, connecting the approach ramps and constructing the road base,” says McConnell Dowell Senior Project Engineer Peter Lacki.

In Victoria, work is being undertaken 12 sites, including Glenrowan, to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

Source: Inland Rail 2024

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