Community invited to learn about Kempsey Bypass progress

18 July 2011

Community information sessions about the Kempsey bypass will be held this week in Frederickton and Kempsey.

“The sessions will give residents the chance to find out about progress building the bypass and ask questions,” a Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said.

“The project team will provide an update on the project and roadwork activities, information on revised flood modelling and an update on work to build the Frederickton levee.

“The sessions will also cover progress on the Macleay River and floodplain bridge, including work to build temporary rock platforms in the river,” the spokesperson said.

The community information sessions will be held on Thursday 21 July at:

  • Frederickton Golf Club
    Yarrabandinni Road, Frederickton
    10am to noon
  • Kempsey RSL
    1 York Street, Kempsey
    5.30pm – 7.30pm

For catering purposes, please register your attendance by telephoning the project’s toll-free information line on 1800 306 044.

The 14.5 kilometre Kempsey bypass is taking shape with work back to full capacity after recent floods.

“July will be a big month for the bypass project,” the spokesperson said.

“Work will begin on Australia’s longest bridge, the 3.2 kilometre crossing of the Macleay River and floodplain, which is part of the bypass.

“The first stage is to build a temporary rock platform so heavy vehicles and workers can access the river to build the bridge.

“The platforms will be built from each river bank to the middle of the river. The first platform will extend from the northern river bank and will be removed before the second platform is built from the other bank.

“This method of bridge building is the safest and most efficient for the project,” the spokesperson said.

Other bridge work planned for this month includes establishing the site compound off South West Rocks Road, starting building the slab to support the crane which will lift the bridge’s support beams into place and continuing soil and ground tests across the floodplain and on the river bed.

“Frederickton continues to be a centre of activity for the project in July. Earthwork is continuing to prepare the ground for the northern foundation for the Macleay River and floodplain bridge and for the Frederickton interchange,” the spokesperson said.

Drainage, fencing and erosion and sediment controls are continuing to be installed around Frederickton and soil and ground tests for the interchange are being carried out. Work to build the northern interchange overpass bridge will being in July.

“The project team will also continue to build the Frederickon levee,” the spokesperson said.

Other work along the project this month will include ongoing work to build the Crescent Head Road overpass bridge and the twin bridges over the north coast railway line. Work to build other bridges required for the bypass will also start – the twin bridges over Pola Creek and the South Kempsey interchange overpass bridge.

The Inches Road sidetrack will be opened and, along with the Old Station Road sidetrack, will be in place for around 12 months while the new Old Station and Inches roads overpass bridges are built.

“There will be increased heavy vehicle movements across Old Station Road because of earthwork at the floodplain and river embankments,” the spokesperson said.

“Flood impact reduction work in the form of house raising and stock mount building will continue across the floodplain.

“Controlled blasting will continue between the Pacific Highway at south Kempsey and Crescent Head Road,” the spokesperson said.

The 14.5 kilometre Kempsey bypass will be a four-lane divided road with bypasses of Kempsey and Frederickton. The bypass is the first stage of the approved 40 kilometre Kempsey to Eungai upgrade. Work started in July 2010 and project is scheduled to be opened to traffic by mid-2013.

For more information about the bypass project visit the project website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/pacific or call the project’s toll-free information line on 1800 306 004.

The $618 million Kempsey bypass is funded by the Federal Government.

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