Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today joined with officials from Roads and Maritime Services and representatives from Daracon in Scone as up to eight 27-metre long girders travelling through the CBD each day as part of the $137 million Scone Bypass project.
Mr Johnsen said the new bridge over Parsons Gully would be 540 metres long and was one of three bridges being built as part of the bypass project.
“Over the next couple of months we will see the remaining 88 of the 124 girders needed for the bridge be moved to the site. Each of these girders weigh 45 tonnes and are longer than a B-Double truck,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Between six and eight bridge girders will be transported each day from the project compound north of Scone.
“They’ll travel along the New England Highway and Kelly Street via Liverpool Street before being lifted into place at the Parsons Gully Bridge alignment.
“The girders will be moved between 6am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Work started last Thursday and affected residents will be contacted directly if there is a need to extend working hours during this period.”
Mr Johnsen continued, saying the Scone Bypass would improve safety along the New England Highway and reduce traffic travelling through the Scone CBD.
“Safety is a key priority and we are committed to delivering projects that ensure our freight drivers, friends and families get home sooner and safer,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The New England Highway is a major freight and commuter route, and passes through many of our communities in Upper Hunter, forming part of the Sydney to Brisbane corridor of the National Land Transport Network and is the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle.
“The Scone Bypass will remove around 500 heavy vehicles per day from Kelly Street, which will improve our local traffic flow and road safety, and will reduce travel times for freight.”
“This is a wonderful milestone in the ongoing construction of the Scone Bypass, and I am delighted to be a Member of a Government that is continuing to deliver for our communities in Upper Hunter,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.
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