Replacing the Hume Highway ‘Meccano Set’

The ‘Meccano Set’, at the intersection of Henry Lawson Drive, Woodville Road and the Hume Highway, Lansdowne was built in 1962. Since then, the structure has held the busy intersection’s overhead directional signs and traffic lights.

Meccano Set
The ‘Meccano Set’ has been a Hume Highway landmark since the early 1960s

Updates and announcements

Work to replace the Hume Highway Meccano Set is almost finished. Watch this space for further project updates.

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services has maintained the structure for more than 50 years. Investigations in 2003 found the Meccano Set to be structurally safe; however, significant maintenance work was required to address rust and peeling paint.

In January 2015, Roads and Maritime sought community feedback on the Meccano Set’s future. Two options were proposed: repaint and maintain the structure or remove it completely and replace it with more standard traffic lights and directional signs. Public responses revealed it was considered a Western Sydney icon, with around 90 percent wanting it to remain.

Investigations over the following years found that repairing the existing structure, on-site or off-site, presented significant safety risks to both workers and road users. Roads and Maritime established that replacing the structure with an identical, pre-fabricated version, prepared off-site, was a safe, cost‑effective and timely alternative.

The project

The existing footings were strengthened to protect the structure before it can be replaced. Bored piles were to create stronger foundations. This involved drilling a circular hole in the ground, installing a steel tube and filling it with concrete.

The components of the structure were fabricated off-site transported to site and assembled in position. Each side of the structure was replaced one at a time, then tested and commissioned.

Community engagement

Work began in in January 2019 and the main structural components of the project were completed in early- June 2019.

Phone:
1800 677 700
Email: nswenquiries@vbajv.com.au
Mail: PO Box 838, Rockdale, NSW, 2216

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