A new bridge across the main western rail line on Chifley Road is on the way with a contract awarded for construction of the bridge.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the new bridge at Clarence was part of a $95 million investment to upgrade the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road.
“A contract has been awarded to Quickway Constructions Pty Ltd to build the new bridge on Chifley Road to improve safety for all road users and also improve regional access,” Mr Toole said.
“The new bridge will have wider lanes, road shoulders and improved safety barriers.
“Work on widening and realigning the road approaches to the new bridge is under way and improvements will also be made to the Clarence Colliery Road intersection with Chifley Road.
“Construction of the new bridge is being carried out in line with pre-planned rail shutdowns to limit disruption for motorists and rail users.
“Overhead power lines were relocated in February, the foundations of the bridge will start in June, and bridge girders will be installed in September.
“The new bridge is due to be completed in 2020 and once open to traffic, the existing bridge will be removed.
“I want to thank the community and motorists for their patience while construction takes place.”
Work will take place between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting.
For the safety of workers and motorists, changed traffic conditions will be in place during work, including single lane closures and reduced speed limits.
Motorists can expect minor delays and should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.