Barraganyatti Hut Road overbridge now open
17 November 2015
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Member for Cowper
NSW Member for Oxley
Today's opening of the Barraganyatti Hut Road overbridge is another milestone in the $675 million Frederickton to Eungai section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrade will improve safety as the local community can now cross over the Pacific Highway.
“The opening of Barraganyatti Hut Road overbridge is an important step in delivering the Frederickton to Eungai upgrade, which is part of the Australian Government's $5.64 billion commitment to complete the Pacific Highway upgrade by the end of the decade,” Mr Truss said.
“The Australian Government is investing $337.5 million in the Frederickton to Eungai project, which will reduce travel times and create a safer national road network.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads Duncan Gay said the Barraganyatti Hut Road overbridge took six months to build and includes eight girders, each about 27.5 metres long.
“It is one of 20 bridges being built on the 26.5 kilometre upgrade and is an important part of the local road network. From today, local traffic can use the overbridge which means we are another step closer toward the entire project being completed,” Mr Gay said.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the Frederickton to Eungai project was expected to be finished by mid-2016.
“This section of highway upgrade is expected to generate approximately 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs, which is an important boost for the economy. The amount of bridge work required on the upgrade is impressive, with several structures—such as the Mills Lane, Kemps Access and Cooks Lane local road overbridges—already open to traffic so residents can safely cross the new highway alignment,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said a number of twin bridges have been completed along the new highway alignment and are being used by construction vehicles during work.
“These include the bridges over Collombatti Creek, Seven Oaks Drain, the Collombatti floodplain, Clybucca Creek as well as the Seven Hills Road overbridge,” Ms Pavey said.
The $675 million Frederickton to Eungai section is jointly funded, with the Australian and New South Wales governments each providing $337.5 million.