Tenders called to build new Aberdeen Bridge

30 April 2012

Plans to build a new bridge over the Hunter River at Aberdeen are progressing quickly, with tenders now being called.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the Federal Government has provided funding as part of the $43 million higher mass limits package to allow work to start on a replacement bridge crossing the Hunter River on the New England Highway at Aberdeen, 13 kilometres north of Muswellbrook.

“The New England Highway crossing of the Hunter River at Aberdeen provides an important link to the Upper Hunter, with an average of 8,500 vehicles using the crossing daily,” the spokesperson said.

“RMS is now calling tenders to build a 9.4 metre wide, two lane bridge over the Hunter River, as well as approach roadwork on the New England Highway.

“The contract also includes designing and building reinforced soil walls on the bridge approaches and building a shared path under the new and existing bridges along the southern bank of the Hunter River.

“As part of the project, intersection upgrades will be carried out at Blairmore Road and Hall Street.

“Once the successful tenderer is announced, work is expected to start on building the new Aberdeen bridge later this year.

“When completed, the new bridge will allow vehicles operating under higher mass limits to use this route on the New England Highway between Tamworth and Muswellbrook.

“The existing crossing is made up of two separate bridges for north and southbound traffic.  The two bridges form part of the National Land Transport Network and are used by the transport industry.

“Since July 2006, higher mass limits have been available on certain roads around NSW to increase the productivity of road freight transport. 

“Higher mass limits is a nationally agreed scheme, allowing semi-trailers and B-doubles carrying higher mass loads to access approved routes throughout the country.

“The bridge for southbound traffic was built in 1893 and due to its age, is unable to carry higher mass limit vehicles.

“This new bridge will fill an important missing link in the freight access route through the Upper Hunter.

“The existing northbound bridge will be demolished when the new bridge is opened,” the spokesperson said.

The project is fully funded by the Federal Government.

Information about this and other RMS tenders is available at www.rms.nsw.gov.au

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