Tenders Called for $39 Million Kapooka Bridge Work

Media Release

WT062/2014

01 May 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Daryl Maguire

NSW Member for Wagga Wagga

Tenders are being called for the $39 million realignment of the Olympic Highway at Kapooka.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss invited qualified contractors to submit bids for this important project, which will provide a safer road alignment on the Olympic Highway and a new bridge over the Sydney to Melbourne rail line.

“Built in 1880, the current brick arch bridge includes two 90 degree bends on the approaches, where many crashes occur,” Mr Truss said. 

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the project would improve heavy vehicle efficiency by removing capacity restrictions.

“The safer realignment on the Olympic Highway will also allow for a consistent 100 kilometre per hour speed limit along the road,” Mr McCormack said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the new four-lane bridge over the Sydney-Melbourne line would be 99 metres long and would include a two metre footpath.

“Added benefits of the project include improved safety for all road users, improved rail safety and efficiency and better access for cyclists, with wider road shoulders provided,” Mr Gay said.

New South Wales Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire said the new bridge would be built north of the existing bridge and would realign the highway to the east of the existing highway.

“The intersection with Camp Access Road will also be relocated for the Kapooka Military Area,” Mr Maguire said.

The $39 million Kapooka Bridge work will be jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.