The 1400-tonne custom launching gantry crane operating on the West Gate Tunnel Project has helped lift the final span into place on the new freeway.
The 40-metre-high and 116-metre-long gantry has been hoisting massive 100-tonne pieces of concrete roadway into the air and stitching them together above Footscray Road.
The massive crane has been building the new road that will link the twin tunnels to the city and port. Once complete, the project will slash travel times by up to 20 minutes and take 9,000 trucks a day off local roads in the inner west.
“The elevated Footscray Road will slash travel times for people in our western suburbs and take thousands of trucks off local roads,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, “connecting the tunnels to CityLink and the CBD and providing direct access to the port.”
Crews will now focus on the fit-out including bridge barriers, the new and modern freeway management system, and asphalting to pave the way for the six-lane freeway.
At the same time, multiple cranes, such as JYM’s Demag CC2200 and John Holland’s Liebherr LR1400 used to construct the machine, will spend five weeks dismantling the huge gantry crane and preparing its spare parts for reuse.
The WGTP is inching closer to its completion, with widening works on the West Gate Freeway almost complete, more than 80 per cent of road deck now installed across the twin tunnels and a strengthened, widened Dynon Road – which reopened to drivers last week.
Work will soon start on the new bridge to go over Dudley Street – extending Wurundjeri Way to Dynon Road and creating a city bypass that will take up to 2,500 cars and trucks a day off streets like Spencer and King Streets.
“We’ve reached yet another important milestone as we power ahead with the West Gate Tunnel, providing an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, slashing travel times and taking thousands of trucks off local roads,” said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
The project is estimated to create 6000 jobs – with more than 500 for apprentices, trainees and graduates.
It will also create 14km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths, and close to nine hectares of new parks and wetlands.