New Macksville bridge to fix holiday traffic snarl
IN A week's time it's a fair bet there'll be a long line of traffic on either side of Macksville.
That's the bad news. The good news is that it will be the last time that the Pacific Hwy will resemble a car park as motorists wait behind a queue of traffic known to stretch as long as 25km at Christmas time.
The notorious bottle neck which has caused delays of almost 90 minutes will be a thing of the past in a year when the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade is completed.
Last month saw the final girder installed at new Nambucca River Bridge at Macksville, a milestone that marked the end of three weeks of complex work on the bridge to install the final 20 girders.
The final girder was the 84th to be placed for the 850-metre-long bridge which is located more than a kilometre east of the current Pacific Hwy bridge which runs in and out of the Macksville township.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the new bridge was long overdue.
"It's the last year of Macksville traffic jams, so it's an important time," Mr Gay said.
"Macksville is a traditional pinch-point for holiday drivers.
"Sadly it will be again this year, but we'll have as many people as we can there to make sure we make it as good as possible."
Meanwhile Roads and Maritime Services has advised that building a bridge at Warrell Creek will mean changed traffic conditions on Monday night.
The changes will enable girders to be delivered to build new bridges.
One girder will be delivered between 9.30pm and 11.30pm followed by the second girder between 12.30am and 4am.
The girders will be transported from the local precast facility on Old Coast Rd north of Macksville to the Warrell Creek Bridge.
Motorists may experience traffic delays of up to 30 minutes because of the slow speed of the girder transportation.