Work starts on New Dubbo Bridge project

The first phase of the New Dubbo Bridge project will begin this month, with a critical new intersection starting this week.

The work is a crucial initial part of the $220.2 million Newell Highway Upgrade – Dubbo Bridge project that is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis.

Abergeldie Contractors will be delivering the new Brisbane Street and Darling Street intersection, and Caporn Piling has been awarded the contract to deliver test piling in the floodplain.

Test piling is expected to commence by October, once Caporn Piling has finalised planning and mobilised to the site. It will form part of the final bridge structure and is key to the delivery of the project.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the project represents a major investment in western NSW.

“The start of work on the new intersection of Brisbane and Darling streets is an exciting milestone for the New Dubbo Bridge project,” he said.

“Once completed, the New Dubbo Bridge will be a key link in the western NSW road network, improving traffic efficiency along the Newell Highway, reducing traffic congestion for local and commuters, and improving access across the Macquarie River flood plain during flood events.”

The work will take approximately five months to complete, weather permitting. Lane closures and reduced speed limits will be in place while work is underway between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.

Access to the northern end of Darling Street at the intersection with River Street will be closed with a detour in place.

In other news, a new project at the Port of Bundaberg is expected to boost loading efficiencies for bulk minerals and agricultural products.