Dubbo In The Central West Of NSW

The construction contract for the new Brisbane and Darling streets intersection has been awarded, forming part of the early works for the New Dubbo Bridge project.

The contract was awarded to Abergeldie Contractors following a competitive tender process.

New South Wales Regional Transport and Roads Minister, Sam Farraway, said the New Dubbo Bridge forms part of the $1.7 billion major upgrade to the Newell Highway.

“Abergeldie has a proud history of delivering infrastructure projects and is expected to do an exceptional job for Transport for NSW in delivering this early work package,” Mr Farraway said.

“We are investing in our local communities, building safer and more efficient journeys on our network and securing a brighter future for regional New South Wales.” 

The new intersection is one of three early works packages to support construction of the New Dubbo Bridge. 

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said good infrastructure investment creates jobs, builds opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity.

“This project will also make a major difference to the day-to-day lives of commuters, by easing congestion and ensuring reliable access through Dubbo during flood events,” Ms King said.

The next package of work expected to be awarded will be for test piling in the floodplain, also scheduled to start in 2022. 

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the New Dubbo Bridge project is proof the Federal and New South Wales Governments are committed to major investment in western New South Wales.

“The new bridge will reduce traffic congestion and enhance access across the Macquarie River during flood events,” Mr Coulton said.

“I am pleased the next phase of this project can now get underway, as the New Dubbo Bridge project will help build a stronger region by injecting millions of dollars in economic activity into Dubbo.”

The early works will involve realignment and reconstruction at the northern end of Darling Street, moving it to intersect with Brisbane Street instead of River Street.

New South Wales Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, said work on the Brisbane and Darling streets intersection is due to start in coming months and is scheduled to be open to traffic by early 2023, weather permitting.

“Once completed, it will be a key link in the western New South Wales road network, keeping commuters and freight moving efficiently on the Newell Highway,” Mr Saunders said.

“The new intersection is an important piece of the New Dubbo Bridge project as it will allow for easier access to the main bridge for the construction contractor to commence work when the major bridge and road contract is awarded.

“The project will deliver a boost for the regions and grow the local economy by creating jobs during the early stages and supporting an estimated 290 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs during the construction phase.”

The contract for the main bridge and road construction is currently out for tender and is expected to be awarded in late 2022. 

The $220.2 million Newell Highway Upgrade – Dubbo Bridge project is jointly funded by the Federal and New South Wales Governments on an 80:20 basis. 

For more information visit the Transport for NSW website here.

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