Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that work on the $630 million Albion Park Rail bypass project is powering ahead with concrete planks now installed on two new bridges over road and rail at Yallah.
Mr Ward said that the laying of the planks on the bridges over the Princes Motorway and the South Coast railway line marked a critical stage in the project.
“Now these planks are in place, the project team will build walkways to allow the crew to pour the bridge decks,” he said.
“The team installed 129 planks, or precast concrete beams, for the bridge over the Princes Motorway, and 55 planks for the bridge over the South Coast railway line.
“Planks will next be installed on three more bridges across the project, with two along the Illawarra Highway and one along the new East West Link.
“The community is really starting to get excited seeing the project taking shape around them and it’s important for them to know how quickly we’re moving ahead with this work, even with coronavirus. It is full speed ahead,” Mr Ward said.
“A total of 2,600 people have worked on the project to date, with about 70 per cent of workers from the local community, and the crew has put in 1.8 million man hours since the start of work in 2018.
“The completed project will have 13 bridges in total including five waterway crossings, one access crossing, one railway crossing, three road crossings and three bridges for ramp crossings,” Mr Ward said.
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