McElligotts have recently commenced work on refurbishing the Newport Railway Bridge. This project is just one part of the larger West Gate Tunnel project which aims to provide an alternative route between Melbourne’s western and central districts, taking traffic away from the overly congested West Gate Bridge.
The refurbishment job sees the McElligotts team accessing, containing, and removing the existing coat of paint from the 6000 square metre steel structure. The team then applied a primer, intermediate, and final coating to refurbish the steel.
As part of this project the Newport Bridge was also widened to accommodate more lanes of traffic on the West Gate Freeway. This was an essential step that will eventually lead to that extra traffic being funneled into the West Gate Tunnel, which is currently under construction by contractors CPB Contractors and John Holland. The West Gate Tunnel project, including the refurbishment of the Newport Bridge, is a joint partnership between the Victorian Government and Transurban.
Once completed, the West Gate Tunnel will divert some of the 205,000 daily vehicles that use the West Gate Bridge. It will also divert 9000 trucks each and every day from local suburban streets.
McElligotts is extremely proud of the work that has already been done in refurbishing the Newport Bridge and is hard at work seeing this project through to completion. We would like to thank the Victorian Government and Transurban for giving us the opportunity to work on this significant piece of infrastructure.
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