Once complete, the New Dubbo Bridge will be a key link in the western NSW road network, improving traffic efficiency along the Newell Highway, reducing congestion for local and commuter traffic, and improving access across the Macquarie River during flood events.
Abergeldie Complex Industries is delivering the intersection upgrade, which will realign and rebuild Darling Street to connect to Brisbane Street, allowing for safer and more efficient heavy vehicle movements in the area.
Caporn Piling NSW Pty Ltd will deliver test piling in the floodplain, which will eventually form part of the main bridge. Test piling will commence in 2022 once planning has been finalised.
Plans are being finalised for the upgrade of the Thompson Street and Mitchell Highway intersection, with work expected to start by the end of the year.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the works marked an exciting milestone for the project.
“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,” Farraway said.
“The project represents a major investment in western NSW and will support around 290 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during the construction phase.”
The successful head contractor for the main construction contract is expected to be announced by the end of 2022 with work set to start at the beginning of 2023.
The $220.2 million Newell Highway Upgrade – Dubbo Bridge project is being jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.