Construction starts on longest bridge

THE full upgrade of the Pacific Highway has taken an important step forward with the start of construction of Australia’s longest bridge as part of the Kempsey/Frederickton bypass.

The 3.2km bridge will need 394 pylons and 93 support piers (including eight in the Macleay River). It will include 941 “super-T” concrete girders, each weighing 65 tonnes of which makes up a full load for a semi-trailer when being taken to the construction site.

“Once built, this new bridge will wrest the title of Australia’s longest bridge away from Brisbane’s Ted Smout Memorial Bridge which opened only last year and is about half a kilometre shorter,” Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, at the construction site for Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, said.

The 14.5km bypass was expected to be finished by mid-2013.



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