FORTY BENDS UPGRADE ON THE GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY COMPLETE
Goodiman Bridge, located on Mebul Road near Goolma, has received $307,500 under Round Three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
This is terrific news for the region as the new upgrade for will benefit local motorists but also heavy vehicles and assist farmers in getting their produce to market.
The existing one lane bridge will be replaced with a two lane concrete bridge and increase the load limit from 5 tonnes to 166 tonnes.
The current 32km detour for school buses, semi-trailers and heavy emergency vehicles and the 45km detour for B-doubles will also be removed – making a big difference for heavy vehicles and the local school bus that delivers school children to and from Gulgong and Mudgee
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges. Work is now complete on the Forty Bends section of the Great Western Highway, ensuring a smoother and safer journey for motorists.
Work was carried out as part of the Australian and New South Wales Government’s $250 million Great Western Highway upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow.
The $64.7 million upgrade along the Forty Bends section of the highway included widening the existing road to three lanes. More than 1,300 local jobs were created as a result of the project and 500,000 tonnes of soil was shifted!
The Great Western Highway is a crucial link between Sydney and the Central West and I’m pleased to see that this section of the road is open to traffic!
Andrew pictured with Mid-western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy, Manager Works Sally Mullinger and General Manager Brad Cam.
Andrew pictured with the NSW RMS project team.