Today, Roy Hill welcomed the Minister for Transport, the Minister for Environment and MP for the Pilbara, Kevin Michel MLA to open the completed Roy Hill Rail Bridge.
The Roy Hill funded bridge is a $18.66 million new single span rail bridge carrying the Great Northern Highway over the Roy Hill rail line, leading into Port Hedland’s port. The new bridge replaces an existing level crossing, enabling the free movement of traffic over the rail line, and removes the potential for a rail-road accident at the intersection.
Main Roads WA have overseen the design, procurement process and construction of the project, and now the project is complete, will oversee the future operations and ongoing maintenance of the bridge.
Main Roads WA appointed WA business Georgiou the contract to construct the bridge, and local Pilbara Aboriginal business Gebro Contracting as the project site supervisor, with the construction of the bridge generating 65 jobs.
“I’m pleased the rail bridge has been completed on budget and ahead of its original March 2019 schedule” said Roy Hill CEO Mr Barry Fitzgerald, “this bridge is another example of Roy Hill’s commitment to extend its safety focus beyond our immediate workplace, positively contributing to the local communities in which we operate”.
This is the second project Roy Hill has recently completed with Main Roads WA and Georgiou, having last year opened the final stage of the Marble Bar Road project. Over two stages, 22 kilometres of the Marble Bar Road was upgraded from gravel to a fully sealed Main Roads WA compliant highway, at a cost of approximately $39 million to Roy Hill.
“With our trains passing through the intersection up to 13 times a day, and the ore trains taking on average 3.5 minutes to pass through the crossing – this rail bridge will not only remove the risk of a road user collision with one of our trains, but significantly reduce road user travel time, and improve traffic flow.”
Construction work on the bridge commenced in August 2018.
View time lapse footage and drone footage of the bridge being constructed here.
View a high resolution 360-degree aerial shot of the bridge under construction here.