Contractor announced for new Gee Gee Bridge
10 July 2018
The company selected to carry out the construction of the new Gee Gee Bridge, east of Swan Hill, is Nelmac Pty Ltd, of Yackandandah.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said work to build the $23 million replacement bridge over the Wakool River on the Noorong Road would start later this year.
“Gee Gee Bridge was built in 1929 and is a Dare type timber truss bridge listed on the State Heritage Register,” the spokesperson said.
“It was identified for replacement under the Timber Truss Bridge Strategy, which was endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW in August 2012.
“The bridge currently has a single traffic lane and vehicles give way to oncoming traffic. It is unsuitable for higher mass limit or oversized vehicles and cannot be upgraded to meet the future operational needs along this strategic freight route.
“The replacement bridge will be a two-lane concrete structure across the Wakool River and floodplain, 15 to 20 metres downstream (north) of the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge. It will be about 245 metres long.
“As part of the project, Roads and Maritime Services will also realign about 1.4 kilometres of Noorong Road, and demolish and remove the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge,” the spokesperson said.
Tenders for the construction project were invited from experienced and qualified contractors.
The bridge will become a Wakool Shire Council asset once it is finished in late 2020, weather permitting.