Sydney Metro’s new railway bridge over Windsor Road at Rouse Hill has won a major international design and construction award.
The bridge was awarded the Global Best Project Award for the railway sector by US construction magazine Engineering News-Record.
Go behind the scenes with the bridge designer in the video to the right.
The 2018 Global Best Projects winners were chosen by an independent jury of industry professionals with extensive international experience. Criteria included safety, innovation, contribution to the global community, aesthetic quality and workmanship, with special emphasis on how globally diverse the project team was.
The bridge, built by Salini Impregilo, is the first cable-stayed railway bridge built on a curve in Australia.
The bridge was a design solution to community feedback and means any future upgrade of the major road intersection beneath it will not be impacted by the new metro railway.
The bridge deck is made up of 88 massive concrete segments each weighing between 70 and 140 tonnes.
The delicate engineering operation to put them in place occurred 7 metres above ground and mainly at night, resulting in minimal disruption to traffic.
In turn, the bridge deck is supported by 127 steel cables which stretch 173 kilometres.