Sep 14, 2012

A step closer to completing the Kempsey Bypass

The Kempsey Bypass is a step closer to being completed with the finishing touches applied to the 3.2 kilometre bridge that stretches over the Macleay River.

The final support beam of the bridge was put in place this week, connecting what is now Australia’s longest bridge.

The completion of the bridge is an impressive feat, with 941 concrete beams—each weighing 65 tonnes—supported by 93 piers.

The next step for this project is to lay the concrete deck that cars will drive on. This will bring us a step closer to completing the Kempsey Bypass by mid next year.

When completed, this 14.5 kilometre divided highway will take up to 2,000 trucks a day off the local streets of Kempsey and Frederickton, delivering faster, safer and smoother driving conditions for the thousands of motorists who use this stretch of the Pacific Highway each year.

The Kempsey Bypass is a $618 million project, fully funded by the Federal Labor Government.

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Construction of the 3.2 kilometre bridge that stretches over the Macleay River