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New rail bridge taking shape in Stratford

New rail bridge taking shape in Stratford

Posted: 24 Jun 2020

Construction on the new rail bridge over the Avon River has reached another major milestone, with the first beams lifted into place to form the superstructure of the new bridge.

Construction has been taking place under strict protocols to protect the health and safety of construction workers and the community, which has allowed this vital project to continue.

The bridge beams are almost 30 metres long and weigh 60 tonnes and will form the superstructure of the new bridge.

A total of 18 pairs of beams will be lifted into place by 250-tonne and 450-tonne crawler cranes over the coming weeks, then the walls of the bridge will be attached and the concrete deck slab will be poured.

The beams were pre-cast at Westkon Precast in Melton – one of only two facilities in the state capable of making them – and then transported to site.

The new bridge will be 504 metres long and will allow trains to travel at up to 90km/h in this section, a vast improvement on the current 10km/h speed limit in place on the existing bridge.

The new bridge is being delivered as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade and is targeted for completion in early 2021.

Found out more information on the new Avon River Bridge.

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