May 29, 2008

Tumbarumba Rd Overpass Opens to Traffic

Tumbarumba Rd Overpass Opens to Traffic

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

29 May 2008

The Rudd Labor Government’s $1.8 billion plan to convert all the remaining two-lane sections of the Hume Highway in southern NSW to four lanes by the end of 2012 has taken another step forward.

I am pleased the new Tumbarumba Road overpass is now open to traffic, providing local motorists with a safer and quicker way of crossing the new Hume Highway at Kyeamba.

The overpass is located at the intersection of Tumbarumba Road and the existing highway.

While this intersection has had a comparatively low crash history, it has nonetheless been the site of two fatalities in recent years.

As was the case with the North Street overpass at Gundagai, the Tumbarumba flyover will improve safety – a top priority for all interstate highways.

Its construction and opening will also allow about 200 vehicles using Tumbarumba Road each day to be moved off the main highway so duplication works can proceed unhindered and in safety.

The new overpass – built by the Northern Hume Alliance – provides the connection from Tumbarumba to Wagga, with the new highway to pass under the bridge.

Work on the overpass started in October 2007 and involved up to 150 workers being on site for the pouring of the main bridge deck on 1 March 2008.

The overpass is the latest stage in the continuing duplication of the Hume Highway.

Two consortia have been engaged to undertake the 67 kilometre conversion to four lanes, with much of the work under way:

  •  The northern alliance team – the RTA, Leighton Contractors, Maunsell Australia, SMEC Australia, and Coffey Geotechnics – will deliver approximately 35 kilometres of duplication works north of Holbrook.
  •  The southern alliance team – the RTA, Abigroup Contractors and Sinclair Knight Merz – will deliver approximately 32 kilometres of duplication works south of Holbrook.

The Tumbarumba Road bridge forms part of the 34 kilometres Hume Highway duplication between Holbrook and Tarcutta.

Also under construction are the Coolac bypass and a second Sheahan bridge across the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai. Casting of the giant bridge sections to be cantilevered across the river will start in June. At Coolac, traffic will be switched to two of the new traffic lanes towards the end of July.

Approximately 80 per cent of Stage 1 earthworks have been completed on the Holbrook to Sturt Highway junction section – a project which will enable traffic to be diverted to the new lanes so that work can continue on the old Hume Highway.

Construction is progressing extremely well, and is on track for completion by December 2009.

The Rudd Labor Government’s $1.8 billion upgrade of the Hume Highway will also involve the construction of bypasses of Tarcutta, Holbrook and Woomargama – projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

The preferred highway route at Tarcutta and Holbrook passes west of both towns. The bypass route at Woomargama will be known by June or July.