New bridge in place in Cumberland Hospital Precinct
A new bridge has been installed across the Parramatta River alongside Bridge Road Bridge in the Cumberland Hospital Precinct, which will connect light rail users, pedestrians and cyclists from the Westmead Health Precinct to the Parramatta CBD.
To build the bridge, a temporary 60-metre-long jetty was constructed to support the piling rig for the installation of the bridge’s piles. A 600-tonne crawler was used to install the ten girders, each weighing 63 tonnes, which will support the deck of the bridge.
With the support structures in place, the deck of the bridge will now be constructed. This will include the track slab for the light rail, new walking and bike-riding path (also known as the Active Transport Link), as well as the installation of service conduits, pedestrian fencing, railing and lighting.
The completed bridge is 64-metres long and 13-metres wide, and is one of six new bridges being built as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project.
The 12-kilometre, $2.4 billion Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia and is expected to commence services in 2023.