Workers have completed building the first major piece of infrastructure for the Western Sydney International Airport, Badgerys Creek Road, which is now ready for traffic.
The road will be an entry point to the airport upon its opening in 2026. It was successfully realigned over 1.6 kilometres and a new bridge has been installed, measuring nearly the same width as Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Badgerys Creek Road was realigned to allow for the new M12 Motorway and Sydney Metro Greater West, which will connect to the airport site.
Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said realigning the road was a significant technical achievement.
“It’s an important and essential part of the early earthworks in the Airport’s seven-year construction,” Tudge said.
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“It also signals that early earthworks are nearly complete and Western Sydney International will soon move into the next phase of construction.”
The new bridge is supported by 21 girders weighing in at 45 tonnes each, made with 900 tonnes of concrete.
Construction of the road used 20,000 tonnes of asphalt and 116 street-lights were installed.
The major earthworks phase for the airport will involve moving over 23 million cubic metres of earth, making way for the construction of the airport terminal and runway.
Western Sydney International Airport is being delivered through a $5.3 billion Federal Government investment and is on track to open in 2026.