Early works begin on $220m New Dubbo Bridge project in NSW

Monica Gameng   |   August 4, 2022
New Dubbo Bridge (cr: Transport for NSW)

Works on a critical new intersection will commence soon as part of the first phase of the $220.2 million New Dubbo Bridge project on the Newell Highway in New South Wales. 

Just last month, Abergeldie Complex Industries was awarded the contract for early works following a competitive tender process. 

“This work now underway will make a major difference to the day-to-day lives of commuters, by easing congestion and ensuring reliable access through Dubbo at all times, including during flood events. 

“Getting work underway on infrastructure projects like this is a visible indication of our Government improving access and road safety for commuters where it’s needed the most,” Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said. 

The contractor will be delivering the vital intersection upgrade, which will include realigning and rebuilding Darling Street to connect it to Brisbane Street to allow for safer and more efficient movement of heavy vehicles in the area. 

On the other hand, Caporn Piling NSW Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for test piling in the floodplain. The test piling works will commence in October upon the completion of planning and site mobilisation. Test piling is going to be part of the final bridge structure and is a key component in the delivery of the project. 

“The start of work on the new intersection of Brisbane and Darling streets is an exciting milestone for the New Dubbo Bridge project. 

“The project represents a major investment in western NSW and will support around 290 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during the construction phase. 

“Once completed, the New Dubbo Bridge will be a key link in the western NSW road network, improving traffic efficiency along the Newell Highway, reducing traffic congestion for locals and commuters, and improving access across the Macquarie River flood plain during flood events,” NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said. 

 

Weather permitting, works are expected to take about five months to complete. Lane closures as well as reduced speed limits will be implemented while works are being carried out. 

A detour is going to be placed while access to the northern end of Darling Street at the intersection with River Street is closed to traffic. 

“Today marks the start of a significant phase for the New Dubbo Bridge project, ahead of the awarding of the main contract before the end of the year. 

“There’s no doubt this project has garnered a lot of community interest, and it’s also been the subject of unprecedented consultation. 

“This project will truly be a game-changer for Dubbo, easing congestion for locals and highway travellers alike, and bolstering the connection between east and west during a flood,” State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said. 

Plans are currently being finalised for the Thompson Street and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade. Works on this section of the project is due to commence by the end of this year. 

new-dubbo-bridge-project-map-may-2019_page-0001 (1)Project map (source: Transport for NSW)

The multi-million-dollar project will deliver a 660-metre bridge that will link the western side of the Macquarie River to River Street, travelling over the floodplain west of the river. The project will also include: 

  • New and upgraded intersections at Thompson Street, Whylandra Street, and the Newell Highway 
  • Realigning the Newell Highway with new separated lanes north of Whylandra Street 
  • Upgrading the intersection at Bourke Street and River Street 

In April of this year, tenders were released for the main construction works as well as utility relocation works. The head contractor for the main construction contract is due to be announced by the end of 2022. 

Major construction activities to deliver the New Dubbo Bridge project are scheduled to begin in early 2023. 

This $220.2 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments on an 80:20 basis.

Source: Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; Transport for NSW (1, 2

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