MATT Landers watched proudly as the new Coffs Creek bridge continued to take shape yesterday.
Mr Landers is the project manager for the $7 million bridge being constructed over the creek as part of the Hogbin Drive extension.
He said construction crews expected to have the 18 large beams which make up the second span in place by today, with the bridge now effectively crossing most of the creek.
The project, which has five spans in all, involves the careful placement of 90 beams using a 180-tonne crane.
The bridge is due for completion by the end of June and will be 130 metres long. It will have two traffic lanes and a cycleway/walkway on the eastern side.
It represents a joint partnership between Coffs Harbour City Council, Abigroup and the John Holland Group, known as the Coffs Infrastructure Alliance, in delivering major infrastructure projects to the city.
The Hogbin Drive extension is due for completion by Christmas at a total cost of $15 million. Funding has come from each tier of government.
Traffic flows throughout the city are expected to greatly improve once the road and bridge are completed.
The Albany Street to Harbour Drive section should be ready for traffic by the middle of next month.
The Coffs Infrastructure Alliance will also build a new water reclamation plant and a new water treatment plant for Coffs Harbour.