A 750-tonne crane has successfully lifted a 30-metre long, four-metre wide steel bridge over the rail corridor and into place along Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the placement of the temporary road over the rail bridge was planned down to the finest detail.

“We have had crews working locally to connect the 210 pieces of the bridge since June,” Ms Cooke said.

“They’ve faced challenges with wet weather and soggy ground conditions but have been determined to get this temporary crossing into place for the benefit of all motorists, and particularly freight operators, as this is a key route on the network linking the Hume Highway to the Riverina and the Olympic and Newell highways.

“With the bridge structure finally in place, there was really no room for error in the finely orchestrated placement of the bridge.”

Work on the replacement crossing started back in June after the original overpass had to be demolished due to damage caused by heavy rain.

Transport for NSW crews will now build road approaches to connect traffic travelling along Burley Griffin Way with the bridge.

The road should be open by the end of the month, weather permitting.
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