Thanks to a successful collaboration between industry and government, the bridge over Roy Hill’s rail line is now officially open to traffic on the Great Northern highway.
On Friday 15 February, Roy Hill welcomed Minister for Transport the Hon Rita Saffioti, Minister for Environment the Hon Stephen Dawson, and Member for the Pilbara, Kevin Michel MLA to open the completed Roy Hill Rail Bridge, alongside representatives from Roy Hill, Main Roads WA and Georgiou and Gebro Contracting.
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 appointed WA business Georgiou Pty Ltd 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”.