Foxground and Berry bypass progressing well as traffic diverted onto new bridge
8 January 2015
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today inspected the new Tindalls Lane bridge, which opened to traffic last night as part of the $580 million Foxground and Berry bypass project.
Mr Ward said that this was a major milestone for the 12.5 kilometre Princes Highway upgrade between Toolijooa Road and Andersons Lane.
“It is really fantastic to see cars travelling across the bridge after motorists were directed to use the new structure last night,” he said.
“The new bridge is 54 metres long and with traffic now travelling across it, building work can continue for the new highway underneath the bridge.
“Motorists are also using a section of road to travel across the bridge which will eventually become part of the Tindalls Lane interchange.
“The controlled blasting at Tindalls Lane, which started in October, is now complete.
“Blasting was required to break up hard rock and complete the excavation for this part of the bypass.
“A total of seven blasts were carried out near Tindalls Lane since October last year and around 38,000 cubic metres of rock removed.
“One blast a week will continue to be carried out at both Toolijooa Ridge and Austral Park Road until later this year.
“Already a combined total of more than 160,000 cubic metres of rock has been removed from both locations with a total of 28 blasts since June,” Mr Ward said.
“Progress is continuing at a rapid rate to build a combined total of 16 bridges and underpasses for the upgrade.
“Girders have already been installed at two of the three crossings across Broughton Creek, while 60 of the 72 girders have been installed on the third Broughton Creek crossing, with the remaining girders to be installed by around the middle of this year.
“To date, 270 out of a total of 408 girders being manufactured in Newcastle for the main bridges have been delivered. There are also 70 smaller beams being manufactured in Newcastle and a further 64 beams being manufactured in Bendigo,” Mr Ward concluded.
Temporary roads have also been built next to the Princes Highway at Austral Park Road, Kangaroo Valley Road and near Schofields Lane to allow work to progress.
For more information, please visit the Roads and Maritime Services website at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/south-coast/foxground-berry-bypass/index.html.
MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358