A delicate nighttime operation has been carried out at Penrith to deliver a 180 tonne concrete beam.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said a second beam will be delivered tomorrow night as part of the $105 million Mulgoa Road upgrade.
“These beams are more than 35 metres long and two metres wide so precision driving is required.
“The beams needed to be fabricated off-site by a local Newcastle business. Given the size NSW Police and Transport for NSW assisted crews with the first delivery during the long trip from Redhead to Penrith and will provide the same support this weekend,” Mr Constance said.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the beams will be used in a new rail bridge as part of the upgrade.
“The existing rail underpass will be widened to provide three lanes in each direction on Castlereagh Road, helping to ease congestion for Western Sydney drivers.”
A 350 tonne crane will be on site on Saturday night to lift the beam and place it in the temporary storage area on site.
Drivers are encouraged to plan their trips with changed traffic conditions between 10pm and 5am.
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the upgrade would support the growing traffic demands in Western Sydney now and into the future.
“The Mulgoa Road upgrade will provide better road connections to the Penrith city centre, as well as ease congestion at key intersections.”
The NSW and Federal Governments are jointly funding the Mulgoa Road upgrade which is expected to open to traffic in late 2020.