Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong

Princes Highway upgrade at Gerringong: Fern Street Bridge milestone

29 April 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced the upgrade of the Princes Highway at Gerringong had reached a key milestone with construction now 50 percent complete on the bridge built at Fern Street.

"Work on the Princes Highway is progressing well and the launching of the ninth section over the South Coast rail line is another key element in the upgrade between Mount Pleasant and Toolijooa Road at Gerringong," Mr Gay said.

"The NSW Government has provided about $167 million for major upgrades to the Princes Highway this year.

“This includes $18 million to complete work on the Princes Highway at South Nowra, $115 million to continue work on the Princes Highway Gerringong upgrade and $19 million to progress planning and early work on Foxground and Berry bypass.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are delivering record amounts of funding to the Illawarra and South Coast,” he said Mr Ward said the completed bridge will have 16 segments each about 22 metres long and weighing abound 460 tonnes.

“The 350 metre long bridge will be well integrated into the landscape following both a vertical and horizontal curve,”Mr Ward said.

"Each new segment is being moved forward, allowing space for the next segment to be made behind it.

"The bridge will have six permanent supports and one temporary one while work is completed,” he said.

"The bridge building method was chosen to reduce the impacts on the local community, traffic and the railway line which are in a narrow corridor between the existing highway, Fern Street and the railway line,” Mr Ward said.

"The first segment was launched from the southern end in late November last year and it is expected the last segment will be installed around the middle of this year, weather permitting,” Mr Ward.

Media: Siobhan McCarthy (Minister Gay) and Ben Blackburn 0423 466 385(Mr Ward)

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