Feb 11, 2013

Opportunity to Walk across Australia’s Longest Bridge

Locals from across the Mid North Coast are being invited to the celebrations on Sunday, 24 February to see firsthand the new Kempsey Bypass before it opens to traffic in March, more than 12 months ahead of schedule.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the opening of the Bypass in time for the Easter holidays will be another major step forward in the ongoing upgrade and duplication of the Pacific Highway.

“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,” said Mr Albanese.

“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 fully Federal funded.

NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said free shuttle buses will transport people to the Open Day as the site will not be accessible by private vehicles or on foot.

“Beginning at 9am and running until midday, the Open Day will feature bus tours, local music, a sausage sizzle and children’s entertainment, including face painting and a visit from Prime Possum,” said Mr Gay.

“Members of the project team will also be on hand to answer people’s questions.”

Starting at 8.30am, shuttle buses will depart regularly from:

  • Kempsey Showgrounds in Sea Street;
  • Kempsey CBD in Stuart Street; and
  • Gladstone sportsfield in Barnard Street.

To find out more about the Kempsey Bypass go to www.rms.nsw.gov.au or call the toll-free information line on 1800 306 004.