Glenrowan bridge beams in on completion

ARTC Inland Rail has taken a major step towards completing the new Beaconsfield Parade bridge in Glenrowan with the installation of the final concrete beam, completing the 145-metre span across the railway line.

Crane lays the final beam on to the Beaconsfield Parade bridge

ARTC Inland Rail is building a higher bridge in Glenrowan, to facilitate the safe passage of double-stacked freight trains for the Inland Rail project, with our construction partner McConnell Dowell using a 750-tonne crane to lift the final seven 30-tonne beams into place this week.

In total, 51 concrete beams are incorporated into the bridge – 30 for the vehicle section and 21 beams for the pedestrian section of the bridge. More than 1200m³ of concrete has been used to construct the bridge.

Work started on the bridge in February 2023 and is expected to open soon for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and the large number of tourists who visit Glenrowan.

Inland Rail is a nation-building project that will transform how goods are moved around Australia.

In Victoria, work is being undertaken 12 sites, including Glenrowan, to enable double-stacked freight trains to pass safely and ensure everyday products can be delivered faster and more reliably around Australia.

Ed Walker, ARTC Victoria and South Australian General Manager Projects said:

“Completing the bridge span over the rail line is an exciting milestone.

“It’s challenging to build a bridge like this with a working rail line underneath, but the team is doing a terrific job.

“Thank you to the Glenrowan residents for their patience and understanding. They’ve had to endure 12 months of disruptions but we’re nearly there.”

Peter Lacki, McConnell Dowell Senior Project Engineer said:

“We’re excited to reach this milestone within the project with the main bridge structure now complete.

“With the final beams in place we will work on completing the barrier installation, connecting the approach ramps and constructing the road base.”


Image Caption: The final concrete beam is installed on the Glenrowan bridge.

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