A chance to walk Australia's longest bridge
MID North Coast residents will be given the opportunity to walk across Australia's longest bridge - the new Macleay River crossing at Kempsey.
The town's Pacific Highway bypass project will be celebrated on Sunday, February 24.
The event will give the public the chance to see the new road project before it opens to traffic in March.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the open day would recognise the bypass opening in time for the Easter holidays - more than 12 months ahead of schedule.
"The new bypass will also transform the towns of Kempsey and Frederickton, taking up to 2,000 trucks a day off their local streets and making them even better places to live and raise a family," Mr Albanese said.
"Amongst the festivities being organised for the open day, community members will have a unique opportunity to walk across what is now Australia's longest bridge, stretching some 3.2 kilometre over the Macleay River and nearby floodplains."
Construction of the $618 million, 14.5-kilometre Kempsey Bypass was funded entirely by the Federal Government.
NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said free shuttle buses would transport people to the open day as the site will not be accessible by private vehicles or on foot.
Starting at 8.30am, shuttle buses will depart regularly from:
- Kempsey Showgrounds in Sea St;
- Kempsey CBD in Stuart St; and
- Gladstone sportsfield in Barnard St.