Blasting complete on Foxground and Berry project

28 July 2016

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today announced another milestone as part of the $580 million Foxground and Berry bypass project, with controlled blasting on the project now complete.

Mr Ward said that the completion of blasting was a major achievement as part of the 12.5 kilometre Princes Highway upgrade between Toolijooa Road and Andersons Lane, which is one hundred per cent funded by the New South Wales Liberal and Nationals Government.

“The final controlled blast of the project will be taking place today,” he said.

“In total, there have been 55 controlled blasts since the earth first moved on the blasting stage on 25 June last year.

“There were 30 blasts at Toolijooa ridge, 18 north and south of Austral Park Road and seven near Tindalls Lane.

“The amount of material removed from Toolijooa ridge was around 525,000 cubic metres which is the equivalent to 210 Olympic size swimming pools.

“The fantastic thing is, this material will be reused back into the project, processed into materials suitable for embankments and road building.

“I would like to thank the community for its patience while these blasts were carried out.

“More than 1.5 million cubic metres of ground material has been moved across the project since work started in January last year.

“This project just continues to power along,” Mr Ward said.

“All 408 Super-T girders have now been installed on the bridges across the project and more than 7.9 kilometres of stormwater drains are now in place.

“Schofields Lane motorists are now accessing the highway via Hitchcocks Lane extension, Huntingdale Park Road and Kangaroo Valley Road to allow work to progress on the new northbound highway lanes.

“Highway traffic was moved onto a two kilometre section of highway and the on ramp north of Berry in May.

“Motorists now travel under the new bridges at Tindalls Lane and Berry and a temporary junction has been provided for residents of Tindalls Lane.

“The project is due for completion in mid-2018,” Mr Ward concluded.

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