Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has announced that motorists are now driving over the new Croome Road bridge – the latest to open on the $630 million Albion Park Rail bypass project to complete the ‘missing link’ for a high standard road between Sydney and the South Coast.
Mr Ward said that the Croome Road bridge was the second of 13 bridges on the project to open to traffic.
“This 56-metre-long, twin-span bridge will improve connectivity, and return local streets to local communities,” he said.
“It will allow safe and direct access between Albion Park Rail and the Croome Regional Sporting Complex, which is a real focal point for the area.
Mr Ward said that the new bridge stood out for its unique aesthetics, particularly the industrial design that pays tribute to the strong regional tradition of community sport.
“Another benefit for the community is the shared path for pedestrians and cyclists that has been incorporated as part of the bridge design,” he said.
“The artwork on the bridge safety screens has been designed with steel posts that have dynamically changing angles, which is inspired by a cricketer bowling and acknowledges the local sportspeople in the area.
"I’m sure I’m not the only person who will be really impressed by this feature!” Mr Ward said.
The bridge has 12 Super-T girders, each 1.2 metres deep and weighing about 52 tonnes.
Work is on schedule to be complete by 2022. Find out more on the Albion Park Rail bypass at https://bit.ly/3fQ5Wq8.