Over the weekend Landcom celebrated the successful installation of the first segment of the Lachlan’s Line Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. The Lachlan’s Line Bridge will connect Landcom’s Lachlan’s Line urban village to North Ryde Metro Station and surrounding business parks.
Landcom CEO John Brogden said that the erection of the $40 million, 170 metre Lachlan’s Line Bridge weighs 335 tonnes and requires specially designed cranes to lift each segment, weighing between 47 and 109 tonnes, into place.
“The building and erection of the Lachlan’s Line Bridge is quite simply an incredible feat of modern engineering,” Mr Brogden said.
“We understand the Lachlan’s Line Bridge to be globally unique due to its flat plate steel construction that twists and turns requiring 14km of welding, and required specially developed software to progress its delivery from design to construction.”
Member for Lane Cove, the Hon Anthony Roberts MP said the Lachlan’s Line Bridge which features a beautiful and unique ‘helix’ design, will create an iconic entry to the Lachlan’s Line precinct, while also providing walking and cycling connections to the surrounding Ryde community.
“The Lachlan’s Line Bridge is expected to open to the public in early 2020 and will help promote a healthy and active lifestyle due to reduced car dependency, and demonstrates Landcom’s commitment to creating sustainable communities,” Mr Roberts said.
To minimise community disruption, the bridge spans are being installed over four weekends, when fewer cars are on the road.
The next segment will be installed from Friday night 27 December to Monday morning 30 December. This will include the full weekend closure of Delhi Road at the M2 interchange, and a closure of the M2 Motorway under Delhi Road from Saturday evening to Sunday midday, with traffic diversions in place.
“We are working closely with Landcom to minimise traffic impacts during the construction of this important pedestrian and cycling link,” Transport for NSW Coordinator General, Marg Prendergast said.
“This December weekend lift involves the most disruptive road closures of the project, which is why it has been scheduled over the Christmas holiday break, when traffic volumes are lower.
“From around 7pm Saturday 28 December to 1pm Sunday 29 December the M2 Motorway between Lane Cove Road and Epping Road will be closed for safety as the bridge span is lifted into place. Eastbound motorists will be diverted via Lane Cove and Epping roads, and westbound motorists diverted via Epping and Herring roads.
“Over the weekend, motorists should expect additional traffic on the Pacific Highway, Epping Road, Lane Cove Road, Ryde Road, and Herring Road. During the closure of a section of the M2, allow extra travel time on Lane Cove Road, Epping Road, and Herring Road.
“To minimise disruption, the Transport Management Centre will continue to closely monitor traffic flows, and special event clearways will be in place along detour routes.
“We encourage motorists to plan ahead, follow directions from signs and traffic controllers, and avoid the area if possible during closure dates. So please take note of the traffic diversion routes and allow extra travel time on these days.”
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The Lachlan’s Line project was announced by the NSW Government in 2013 as part of the North Ryde Station Precinct. The new contemporary urban village will provide approximately 2,700 homes for around 5,000 residents close proximity to jobs, shops, and transport.
For more information about the project, visit www.landcom.com.au/lachlansline.