The first tower for Sydney Metro’s railway bridge at Rouse Hill has been lifted into place in a precision operation.
Two large cranes lifted the 210 tonne tower on to the bridge deck over Windsor Road, before it was bolted into place.
The 29-metre tall steel tower was made in Western Sydney and delivered to Rouse Hill under police escort because of its size. It required a 55-metre long, 18-axle truck and trailer combination for the 17km trip.
Next, 16 steel cables will be installed from the tower to the bridge deck.
A second tower will be installed soon.
The top of the bridge towers will be 45-metres above road level once complete.
The landmark railway bridge, similar in design to Sydney’s Anzac Bridge, is an Australian first – a cable-stayed railway bridge built on a curve.
The Windsor Road bridge was a design solution to community feedback which means any future upgrade of the Windsor Road and Schofields Road intersection will not be impacted by the new metro railway.