Preliminary work starts on new Tulladunna Bridge

Preliminary work starts on new $12.2 million Tulladunna Bridge

6 May 2014

Motorists travelling on the Kamilaroi Highway will soon have a safer journey with preliminary to start next Monday on the $12.2 million replacement Tulladunna Bridge over the Namoi River.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the NSW Government provided $12.2 million for the project as part of the Bridges for the Bush program to improve road freight productivity in Rural and Regional NSW.

“Preliminary work will include drainage provisions along the new alignment will also be included in the bridge work which is expected to be completed by June 2016, weather permitting.

“The existing bridge, which was built in 1959, will be replaced by a new 72 metre bridge on a new, 800 metre long road alignment 1.9 kilometres west of Wee Waa,” the spokesperson said.

“The new bridge will provide safer travel condition for all motorists including those driving heavy vehicles as the bridge will be able to support higher mass vehicles with no height restrictions.

 “The bridge will provide better access for freight trucks servicing the region's livestock, grain and cotton industries. There are currently about 10,000 truck movements across the bridge each year.

“Once the new bridge is completed, there will be a continuous 600 kilometres route for heavy vehicles operating at higher mass limits on the Kamilaroi Highway,” the spokesperson said.

Preliminary work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm and on Saturdays when required from 8am to 2pm.

The community will be advised when changes to traffic conditions  are required during the building of the new bridge and road approaches with speed limits of 40 km/h, 60 km/h or 80 km/h as required.

Motorists are urged to plan their journeys, allow extra travel time, drive carefully and follow all signs.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download Live Traffic NSW or call 132 701.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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