We wrapped Ultimo bridge in the Sydney storm which withheld torrential rain and gale force winds so the lead paint removal could be done without delays or the risk of environmental leakages.
Sydney's Ultimo Road old rail bridge wrapped like a Christo artwork to remove lead paint
The old rail bridge over Ultimo Road in Sydney sits wrapped like a Christo artwork, but this is not a tribute to the Bulgarian-born artist.
This is the latest work in the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority's transformation of the old goods railway line into a pedestrian network dotted with cafes and artwork due to open later this year.
The 500 metres of disused railway track currently separates Ultimo from Haymarket, but will eventually provide a link for pedestrians to travel from Surry Hills to Darling Harbour.
The white plastic wrap is designed to contain lead particles as lead paint is sandblasted off the 136-year-old bridge.
The Ultimo Road underbridge was built in 1879 and is the oldest triple girder iron bridge in Australia.
The bridge will become an important connection for pedestrians and cyclists between the Ultimo Pedestrian Network into Darling Harbor when the cleaning and repainting have been completed.
The bridge will also provide pedestrian access to the University of Technology's Dr Chau Chak Wing Building which opened earlier this year.
It is planned that The Goods Line will feature a series of elevated spaces or platforms which can be used for a variety of public entertainment, recreation, study and other activities.
The new section of The Goods Line will run from the Ultimo Rail underbridge to the Powerhouse Museum, running parallel to Harris Street, with Transport for NSW conducting a feasibility study on a further extension of The Goods Line through to Mortuary Station and Redfern.
Pedestrians will be able to walk the one kilometre from Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, along the Devonshire Tunnel and the Goods Line, to Macarthur Street, Ultimo without encountering vehicles when the work has been completed.
The Goods Line will rise four metres above street level and will eventually provide uninterrupted pedestrian access to Darling Harbour from Central Station.
Despite being hampered by Sydney's recent extreme weather, principal contractor Gartner Rose, which won a competitive tender process to refurbish The Goods Line, hopes the work will be completed by mid-2015.
The bridge will stay wrapped while the lead paint is removed and the bridge is re-painted.