Oct 14, 2009

Molong overpass construction underway

Molong overpass construction underway

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 14 2009

Construction of a new rail overpass at Molong on the Mitchell Highway is now underway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Transport Minister David Campbell said the new $5.6 million overpass, with its wider lanes and shoulders as well as dedicated left turn lane at the Wellington Street intersection, will improve safety, particularly for truck drivers.

“The new overpass will replace the existing bridge which was built in 1938 and is far too narrow and inadequate for today’s larger, heavier trucks,” said Mr Albanese.

“This project is what our Nation Building for Recovery strategy is all about. It will put Australians to work building the infrastructure vital to our nation’s long term economic prosperity,”

The Molong overpass is part of the $11.6 billion investment the Rudd Labor Government is making in the State’s road and rail infrastructure.

NSW Transport Minister David Campbell said plans for the project were developed in consultation with residents, businesses, road users and other stakeholders.

“As well as delivering better driving conditions for motorists and truckies, this project will also improve safety for pedestrians thanks to the provision of a pedestrian refuge in the Highway’s median strip near the Wellington Street intersection,” said Mr Campbell.

“Lighting along the Highway and at the pedestrian refuge will also be upgraded.”

The roadwork and overpass construction will be carried out by the RTA, with Cabonne Council having responsibility for relocating utilities such as storm water drains.

The new overpass is expected to open to traffic in February 2010.