Sep 24, 2008

Conjola Creek Bridge opens to Traffic

Conjola Creek Bridge opens to Traffic

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

The Hon Michael Daley

NSW Minister for Roads

September 24 2008

The new bridge over Conjola Creek officially opened to traffic today, improving safety along the Conjola section of the Princes Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said construction of the new bridge was the first stage of the $58 million Conjola Mountain realignment project.

“It is a great pleasure to announce the opening of this new bridge, which will improve travelling conditions for both local and through traffic,” said Mr Albanese.

“The new two-lane bridge has been built about 15 metres to the west of the existing bridge, and is designed to withstand a one in one hundred year flood event.

The project is a joint initiative between the NSW and Federal governments.

NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley said the remaining work on the first stage of the project is expected to be completed later this year, including construction of 1.3 km of road approaches to improve the alignment of the Princes Highway either side of the bridge.

“In the meantime, motorists are urged to continue to drive with caution through the site and comply with all temporary signs and traffic control measures,” said Mr Daley.

“Work on the second stage of this important project is expected to start next week, with the entire upgrade scheduled to be finished by March 2010.”

The Conjola Creek Bridge is located on the Princes Highway, 47 km south of Nowra.