The 36 metre culvert is one of the largest culverts on the Eastern Goldfields Railway, which runs from Perh to Kalgoorlie and east across the Nullabor, responsible for providing drainage on one of the busiest sections of the network.
The culvert upgrade involved over 30 Arc Infrastructure employees together with local and Perth based contractors, working through a single 15 hour shut down to minimise disruption to services along the network.
The Eastern Goldfields Railway is a vital section of the freight rail network, providing the only rail connection to the east coast of Australia, transporting around 80% of all containerised freight, and providing bulk minerals and grain customers with access to Fremantle and Kwinana ports.
Arc Infrastructure’s structures supervisor Graham Duncan said the upgrade is designed to future proof operations.
“The new structure has a lifespan of 70 years and is able to withstand harsh conditions and cater for planned rail traffic requirements,” Mr Duncan said.
The upgrade was part of an ongoing program to replace ageing infrastructure as required on the Eastern Goldfields Railway. Four culvert locations along the Eastern Goldfields Railway are planned to be upgraded this year from Meckering through to Koolyanobbing.
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