The New Dubbo Bridge is another step closer to being a reality, with the announcement of the successful contractor for the $220.2 million project.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said civil construction company Abergeldie has been awarded the contract to build the New Dubbo Bridge across the Macquarie River and floodplain, and the adjoining road construction.
“This is an important milestone for this project which will ease local congestion and improve travel through Dubbo during flood events,” Mr Coulton said.
“Flooding over the past few months has highlighted just how critical this new bridge will be for the entire Dubbo community.
“The Emile Serisier Bridge has gone underwater numerous times over the past few months, which has caused traffic chaos for commuters trying to cross the river to get to work, freight operators and all other road users.
“The New Dubbo Bridge will keep traffic moving during flood events, while reducing travel times and increasing freight efficiency and productivity along the Newell Highway.”
Mr Coulton said Abergeldie is committed to working with local businesses and employing locals, with a focus on engaging and supporting women, Aboriginal people, trainees and young workers.
“It’s important that local people have the opportunity to be involved in major projects like this one, and I’m pleased this project will support 290 direct and 1200 indirect jobs throughout the construction phase,” Mr Coulton said.
“This will provide a significant boost to the Dubbo economy.”
Major construction will begin in early 2023 and is expected to be completed in 2026.
Early work on the project commenced in August this year, with the Brisbane and Darling Street intersection upgrade now well underway. It is also being delivered by Abergeldie.
The Australian Government is investing $176.2 million into the New Dubbo Bridge project, while the NSW Government is contributing the remainder of funds.
For more information, go to roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/dubbo-bridge/index.html.