Girder over Nambucca River a major Pacific Hwy milestone
The first girder was installed today on the new Nambucca River Bridge at Macksville as part of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade.
This is the first of 21 bridge spans which will form a bridge that's 850 metres long with the traffic separated by a median barrier.
The 19.5km section of the Pacific Hwy upgrade will deliver a four-lane divided road built to motorway standard ith the inclusion of a 110kmh speed limit for its length.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said this stage of the project is a significant milestone in the building of the upgraded highway that will bypass Macksville.
"What we've seen is the lifting into place of the first of these massive beams, 145 to 152 tons. That is a significant milestone in the life of the project," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"And this particular part of the project is going to allow the bypass of the Macksville bridge which is decades past its use-by date.
"Built in 1932, this is a bridge that should've been replaced long ago. This project is going to achieve that and in the process generate local jobs for local people."
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey recalled how work on the new bridge, which is being built about 1.2 kilometres east of the existing bridge at Macksville, had started in July.
"Nine months later and the bridge is taking shape with the completion of the majority of the piling work and now the first girder lift," Ms Pavey said.