Work on bridge over Packsaddle Creek on Silver City Highway to start in September

30 July 2018

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries, today announced work will start in September on the new $8.6 million Packsaddle Creek Bridge and road approaches on the Silver City Highway, around 173 kilometres north of Broken Hill.

“The NSW Government provided $8.6 million for the bridge and road approaches which are part of the $145 million program of work to seal the remaining 200 kilometres of the Silver City and Cobb highways. This brings the total investment in the Cobb and Silver City highways to $195 million since 2011,” Kevin Humphries said.

“VEC Civil Engineering was selected by Roads and Maritime Services to manage the Packsaddle Bridge project, which includes building a bridge across Packsaddle Creek to the west of the existing causeway crossing and new sealed road approaches.

“The project to build a new bridge across Packsaddle Creek will directly employ fourteen people and is expected to take six months to complete, weather permitting.

“The new bridge will improve freight efficiency in the Far West and provide an all-weather crossing at Packsaddle Creek which is an important link between the communities of Broken Hill and Tibooburra.

“The existing highway will continue to be used during major work on the new bridge, ensuring as few traffic disruptions as possible along the Silver City Highway.

“The Packsaddle causeway is regularly closed after rain events and the new bridge and sealing work on the highway will support tourism and economic development and ensure safer and more reliable journeys on this vital transport and freight route,” Kevin Humphries said.

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