The last of 86 girders on Sydney Gateway’s Flyover bridge has been installed as construction progresses on the toll-free connection to the airport and beyond.
The 800-metre-long flyover bridge into Sydney’s Domestic Terminals will separate road users travelling to Mascot and Port Botany from those accessing the airport.
The 86 girders used to build the flyover are made of 100% Australian steel, with the new road one of 19 bridge structures being built across the $2.6 billion Gateway project.
“The toll-free Sydney Gateway remains on schedule to offer motorists faster and more reliable trips from St Peters Interchange to Sydney Airport, the M5 and the Eastern Distributor by the end of next year,” says NSW Minister for Roads John Graham.
“This project is a key part of cutting journey times from Western Sydney, with estimated time savings from Parramatta to Sydney Airport to be 20 minutes in peak hour after the Gateway opens,” says NSW Minister for Roads John Graham.
“It’s fantastic that almost 200 Aboriginal people and 32 Aboriginal-owned businesses have worked on the project, providing services in spoil transfer, plant hire, traffic control, cranage, cleaning and security,” says NSW Minister for Roads John Graham.
Over coming months, the focus of work will be on installing parapets, concreting and asphalting the flyover’s roadway and installing Aboriginal art to the flyover’s exterior.
Progress continues at the other side of the project where the first of two arch bridges across the Alexandra Canal will be put in place mid-year to form a new link to the International Terminal.
Sydney Gateway has so far generated more than 5,000 jobs, including $23 million invested in employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses – surpassing project targets.
Sydney Gateway remains on track to open to traffic late next year.
Source: © State of New South Wales
Image source: © Infrastructure Partnerships Australia 2023
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