Time to think P.A.C with 168-tonne girders to be moved on Pacific Highway at Harwood

Thursday, April 12, 2017

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today reminded motorists to think P.A.C for safer and more efficient journeys as part of another major phase of work for the new bridge over the Clarence River at Harwood.

P.A.C, stands for plan, awareness and caution and is designed to encourage travellers to plan their journey using information provided by Roads and Maritime Services, be aware of changes to traffic conditions and cautious before hitting the road.

“It’s never been more important for motorists to think P.A.C as the project team prepares to transport a further 44 168-tonne girders on the Pacific Highway across Harwood Bridge from early April to June this year. The project team has already installed 40 of the 144 girders for the new 35 span, 1.5 kilometre bridge,” Mr Hogan said.

“These girders will help to support the deck for the new bridge which is the largest of 170 on the $4.36 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

“Delivery of these girders will be carried out at night to minimise disruption and improve safety for motorists and workers.”

NSW Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said there will be up to four return trips each night to transport these girders and the Pacific Highway will be temporarily closed for each delivery for about 15 minutes so motorists can expect short delays.

“As part of this work, temporary detours will be in place at night for up to two weeks at the Yamba interchange and on Yamba Road ensuring safety for motorists and workers while the project team install the bridge girders,” Mr Gulaptus said.“Motorists will still be able to reach their destinations but should allow extra travel time while the detours are in place.

“In addition to deliveries across the Harwood Bridge, the project team expects to deliver 48 concrete bridge pieces across River Street, Harwood as part of work for the new bridge. Motorists can expect delays of up to five minutes while this work is carried out.”

To stay up to date with this work, including accessing detour maps, you can visit rms.nsw.gov.au/w2b or register for email or SMS notifications by calling 1800 778 900 or emailing w2b@pacificcomplete.com.au

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