The $630 million Albion Park Rail bypass has reached an important milestone with the first of 13 bridges built and open to the public.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was great to see the first bridge completed for the 9.8 kilometre bypass which forms part of the Princes Highway upgrade, one of the biggest infrastructure projects on the NSW South Coast.
The project will see a total of 13 bridges constructed to improve the flood immunity of the highway. Five of the bridges are waterway crossings, there is one access crossing, one railway crossing, three road crossings and three bridges being built as motorway exit/entry ramps.
“It moves us another step closer to completion of the Albion Park Rail bypass which will deliver the final link in an upgraded road between Sydney and Bomaderry, bypassing 16 intersections and wiping 30 per cent off travel times through the area,” Mr. Toole said.
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward was on site as the crew prepared the bridge for the first cars to drive over it.
“It is fantastic to see the hard work of the project team and the patience from the community rewarded with the first bridge opening to traffic,” Mr. Ward said.
The bridge into Albion Park is 65 metres long, and has ten Super-T girders, each 1.5 metres deep and weighing more than 60 tonnes.
It will become the southbound exit ramp when the project is complete.
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