New twin bridge latest step in highway upgrade
THE positioning of large girders on a new 70m long twin bridge at Halfway Creek is the latest step in the progress of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
"More than 40 new bridges are being constructed between Woolgoolga and Ballina to provide crossings over rivers, creeks and floodplains," Federal Minister for Transport Darren Chester said.
Changed traffic conditions will be in place this week while the girders are delivered and installed.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the girder lift was a significant milestone in the construction of the bridge.
"Each girder weighs about 50 tonnes and in total 22 will be used to form the two bridges. They will be lifted by crane and placed at intervals along the bridge spans for structural support," Mr Hogan said.
"Once the girders have been placed, work will start on the bridge decks. This is a significant piece of engineering work that will draw on the skills of local workforces."