A contract has been awarded to Quickway Constructions Pty Ltd to build a new bridge across the main western rail line on Chifley Road at Clarence, Bathurst MP Paul Toole announced on Friday, May 3.
The new bridge was part of a $95 million investment to upgrade the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road.
Mr Toole said the infrastructure upgrade would improve safety for all road users and also improve regional access.
“The new bridge will have wider lanes, road shoulders and improved safety barriers,” he said.
“Work on widening and realigning the road approaches to the new bridge is under way and improvements will also be made to the Clarence Colliery Road intersection with Chifley Road.”
Construction of the new bridge is being carried out in line with pre-planned rail shutdowns to limit disruption for motorists and rail users, Mr Toole said.
“Overhead power lines were relocated in February, the foundations of the bridge will start in June, and bridge girders will be installed in September.
“The new bridge is due to be completed in 2020 and once open to traffic, the existing bridge will be removed.”
Work will take place between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting.