Contract awarded to build the New Dubbo Bridge
Abergeldie has been selected as the successful contractor to build the New Dubbo Bridge across the Macquarie River, the floodplain and the adjoining road construction.
The New Dubbo Bridge project forms part of more than $1 billion in upgrades along the Newell Highway, which are jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.
It will improve traffic efficiency, reduce congestion for local, visiting and freight operators and commuters, and improve access across the Macquarie River floodplain during flood events.
The project team is working on finalising the detailed design for the beautification of Wiradjuri Park with community consultation to commence this year, with the park required to be closed throughout construction.
Early works on the project commenced in August 2022 with the Brisbane Street and Darling Street intersection works now well underway.
The New Dubbo Bridge is a $220.2 million investment, with major construction starting in early 2023 with a planned opening by late 2026.
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Quotes attributable to Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King:
“As we’ve seen in the recent flood events, roads and bridges are a vulnerable point which can leave communities cut off and put drivers at risk.
“The New Dubbo Bridge will transform the way residents and freight operators travel in and through Dubbo and western NSW.
“We are working in partnership with the NSW Government on the investments that deliver for the people of NSW.
“Sound and planned infrastructure investment creates jobs, builds opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity, including in our regions.”
Quotes attributable to NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway:
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is building what matters to secure a brighter future for NSW families.
“This is an exciting step forward for this important project that will improve travel along this stretch of road immensely and provide more local jobs.
“It’s a golden opportunity for young job seekers, with university graduates making up 20 per cent of the total workforce and at least 15 per cent of the workforce aged under 25.
“Twenty per cent of the qualified tradespersons working on the project must also be apprentices, providing those who are just starting out their career a chance to work on a legacy project that will change the shape of Dubbo.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders:
“The New Dubbo Bridge project will leave a lasting legacy not only in terms of travel in and through Dubbo, but also in terms of the new skills and experience it will provide for the local workforce.”
“There is an emphasis on forming partnerships with local businesses and a commitment to ensuring at least 20 per cent of the workforce resides in the local area, maximising local employment pathways and workforce numbers.
“We’re also very excited by what this project means for workers in Dubbo and western NSW, with a strong focus on engaging and supporting women, Aboriginal people, trainees, and young workers.”