First stage of Boyd Creek Bridge almost complete

13 March 2015

The $85 million upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Kelso is nearing an important milestone with work almost complete on the first stage of the new Boyd Creek bridge and the bridge deck due to be installed next week.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the 25,000 motorists who regularly use this section of the road close to the fruit shop have been monitoring progress of this key piece of infrastructure.

“The bridge is being built in three stages, as part of the major project to improve road safety and freight efficiency in the area and to cater for predicted traffic growth as a result of future residential development,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson said work to date on the new bridge involved installing 22 metre columns of steel and concrete into the ground to stabilise the bridge structure.

“The concrete bridge footings will support the bridge deck due to be installed on 18 March. The work will require a 130 tonne crane to lower the slabs of concrete, known as planks, into place before the road surface is laid.

“The remaining two thirds of the bridge deck will then be completed.

“Stage three will involve building the approach slabs to connect either sides of the road to the bridge,” the spokesperson said.

When completed, the new bridge will be 18.6 metres long and 31.6 metres wide and provide four lanes of traffic divided by a concrete median, a footpath on the southern side and a shared cyclist/footpath on the northern side.

Traffic is expected to be moved onto the new bridge in September, weather permitting.

Major work started in October last year on the upgrade project.

Motorists and residents will be notified in advance of any changes to traffic conditions.

For more information on the project view http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/kelso/index.html

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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