Bidgee Bidgee Bridge is the largest new bridge delivered on Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail project in Rosehill, and spans across James Ruse Drive.
It was officially named in April 2022, following extensive community consultation, where a Bridge Naming Consultation Panel assessed over 500 community suggestions in line with naming guidelines and conventions.
Several shortlisted names celebrated local culture and history, however Bidgee Bidgee was the standout choice that had unanimous support from all parties due to its connection to Country. For 20 years, local Aboriginal leader Bidgee Bidgee led the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people, bringing all people together to help shape the region’s history.
Bidgee Bidgee Bridge has become the state’s second longest steel arch bridge span, weighing 1425 tonnes, and measuring 64 metres long and 16 metres high.
The bronze-coloured steel arch structure was installed during a meticulous overnight engineering, which involved the use of four self-propelled modular transporters.
The new bridge will provide customers access to the new Tramway Avenue light rail stop on the western side of James Ruse Drive. It will also connect to the five-kilometre walking and bike-riding path along the Camellia to Carlingford corridor. An official naming ceremony will be held this year.