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Walkaway Bridge and Sandy Curve upgraded


WORKS UPDATE 04.08.2022

Walkaway Bridge and Sandy Curve upgraded

The Arc team completed these extensive works over a five day shutdown in July to replace a critical section of the grain rail network.

Walkaway Bridge and Sandy Curve upgraded teaser

Arc Infrastructure’s Mid West Track and Structures teams recently completed the rebuild of ‘Sandy Curve’, a section of track approaching Walkaway, and replaced the ageing Walkaway Bridge over a five day shutdown in July. 

‘Sandy Curve’ and the Walkaway Bridge are located on the Millendon Junction to Narngulu rail line which is used to transport grain through the Mid West.

The team worked on a tight schedule to carry out the works and ensure the 730 metre section of track and bridge could reopen to customers as quickly as possible. 

Located within the bounds of an Aboriginal Heritage area, bridge works required special approvals from the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation (YSRC) and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 

Works were conducted in two phases, and required a significant number of large machinery. Phase one preliminary works commenced prior to the shutdown, and included earth works and equipment mobilisation. With the approvals and pre-works complete, the shutdown and work on phase two got underway. The works included removal and repairs to the track and the bridge installation.

Regional Lead Mid West Trevor Blackmore said the work was made possible through organisation and team work. 

“I have to thank the entire team for coming together to get the work completed. 

“To have zero incidents and injuries with the amount of large plant operating in such a confined area is a credit to all involved,” Mr Blackmore said.

Arc wishes to thank and acknowledge the many contractors, suppliers and partners who made the works possible - in particular, the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation for their support in gaining approvals for the works. We also thank CBH and Aurizon for their understanding during the shutdown while the works took place.

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