A tender has been awarded for the construction of a new $12 million concrete bridge spanning the Mandagery Creek at Manildra in Orange, New South Wales.

The New South Wales Government has awarded Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure with the project tender, with construction scheduled to begin by 26 September, 2022 and – weather permitting – is expected to be completed by June 2024.

The new replacement bridge, located on Henry Parkes Way, will accommodate larger vehicles with widened travel lanes, improved road approaches, and better pedestrian access according to New South Wales’ Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway.

“The existing 92-year-old Mandagery Creek Bridge is no longer fit for purpose, and this $12 million investment will provide safer, smoother journeys for motorists travelling across the region,” Mr Farraway said. 

“About 2,000 vehicles use the existing bridge each day and one-quarter of those are heavy vehicles. 

“The higher-mass-limit bridge will provide a welcome boost for freight operators by improving links to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct, and for locals travelling between Orange and Parkes and through the Manildra town centre.”

The new bridge will be built on the same alignment as the old bridge with construction and demolition occurring at the same time.

The inclusion of a footpath supports the NSW Government’s commitment to encouraging people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday travel.

The bridge will be closed for up to ten weekends during construction, and the community will be advised ahead of the scheduled closures. Traffic will be maintained via a single lane during the staged construction of the new bridge.

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