Remaining 20 bridge girders arrive for Kalang River twin bridges

6 February 2015

Work is progressing on the Nambucca Heads to Urunga Pacific Highway upgrade with the remaining 20 bridge girders for the Kalang River twin bridges being transported to the site next week.

The twin bridges form a major component of the $780 million Pacific Highway upgrade, jointly funded by the NSW and Federal governments.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said a total of 20 bridge girders for the major infrastructure project will be delivered along the Pacific Highway from Macksville towards Coffs Harbour between Monday 9 and Friday 13 February.

“During the last two months, major work has progressed on the Kalang River twin bridges which when complete will be 190 metres long, feature four piers and five spans of about 38 metres each,” the spokesperson said.

“A total of 50 concrete girders up to 37.6 metres in length are being used to build the bridges.

“The bridges will take around 18 months in total to build with 290 bridge beams to be used across the whole project.

“Motorists are advised changed traffic conditions will be in place on the Pacific Highway during girder deliveries due to their large side.

“Trucks will turn left into Short Cut Road and travel along South Arm Road, Urunga to the project site located at the new bridge over the Kalang River, Urunga.

“Traffic may be stopped in both directions for up to 10 minutes on Short Cut Road and South Arm Road while the girders travel to the project site as the road is too narrow to allow traffic in both directions to pass.

“The deliveries will take place between 5am and 7pm and each girder delivery will be escorted one at a time by NSW Police with traffic management in place.

“Additional delays up to 20 minutes may be experienced on South Arm Road at the project site while 10 girders are lifted into place over South Arm Road. This work will take place between Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 February, weather permitting.

“Residents west of the Kalang River bridges are asked to watch VMS for information about delays and times.

“Motorists are advised to plan their journey, follow all signs and allow for potential short delays. Wet weather may change work dates and times.

“Electronic message signs will also advise motorists of the changed conditions.”

For the latest traffic information visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999


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