Start of Nambucca River work bridging the Pacific Hwy gap
WORK has started on construction of a new bridge over the Nambucca River at Macksville, part of the $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade along the Pacific Hwy.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new Nambucca River Bridge was an important part of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade.
"The Pacific Hwy upgrade is a priority for the Australian Government, that is why we have committed $5.64 billion towards completing the Pacific Hwy upgrade by the end of the decade," Mr Truss said.
"This investment will significantly improve road safety and reduce travel times, as well as improving freight efficiency and providing a more reliable road network."
"The Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade bypasses Macksville and will reduce the number of heavy vehicles passing through the town," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"At 850 metres long the bridge will also span the northern floodplain to minimise flood impacts on Macksville and nearby properties."
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said work was progressing elsewhere along the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade.
"Once completed this section of the Pacific Highway upgrade will reduce travel times for road users by about eight minutes and provide a safer journey," Mr Gay said.
The Nambucca River Bridge will open to traffic in 2017, weather permitting.