Contractors for the construction of the Wallerawang Rail Overbridge, crossing the Main West rail line, have moved onto the site.
“I am very pleased that the rail overbridge at Wallerawang is finally being replaced” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham “The existing Black Bridge at Wallerawang was constructed in the 1920s and as such, the width of the bridge, footpath and approaches do not comply with today’s safety standards. A considerable amount of the traffic using Black Bridge is heavy vehicles and articulated trucks which, in combination with narrow footways, approaches, and traffic lanes, put the safety of both drivers and pedestrians at risk.”
“The new bridge will be constructed as a single span bridge with pre-stressed, precast concrete deck planks” said Mayor Statham.
“The bridge has also been designed with increased clearance to improve rail safety, as well as a wider traffic carriageway and a footpath either side.”
“The road approaches will also be constructed to improve the safety of intersections on both the southern and northern approaches.”
“The process to obtain approval for construction within the rail corridor has proven to be lengthy and has consequently led to some delays.”
“However, during these delays, work proceeded off site on certain aspects of the bridge including reinforced walls and precast planks which have been manufactured and stored.”
State Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole MP stated “I am excited to see construction start on this important local infrastructure project and very proud to be supporting regional and rural NSW communities through the Resources for Regions Program. The $3.5 million redevelopment project for this new bridge will greatly benefit the local area by improving traffic flow and increasing safety for the community.”
The provision of safe, efficient and effective networks to transport people and goods within and through the Lithgow Local Government Area is a primary objective of Council’s Bridge Management Program in the 2012-2022 Strategic Asset Management Plan.
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