Bridge goes to Abigroup
THE tender to design and build Australia’s longest bridge has been won.
State Roads Minister David Borger has announced Abigroup has won the project as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
“The 3.2 kilometre bridge will cross the Macleay River and floodplain and is an important part of the Kempsey bypass project, which will employ around 450 people and support more than 1400 jobs indirectly,” Mr Borger said.
“The 14.5 kilometre Kempsey bypass project involves building a four-lane dual carriageway bypassing Kempsey and Frederickton.
“It is the first stage of the 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai upgrade.
“The total length of the bridge was originally planned to be 2.2 kilometres, however, the bridge was extended by one kilometre after redesign, making it the longest bridge in the country.”
Design changes to the project mean the bypass will open to traffic one year earlier than expected in 2013.
“The bridge is being built by the NSW Government within the project budget of $618 million provided by the Federal Government,” said Mr Borger.