The new Tabulam Bridge across the Clarence River is starting to take shape with piling work getting underway this week.
“The start of piling work is an important next step in the building process which started in October last year,” MP Thomas George said.
The $48 million crossing is being funded under the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program to improve road safety and traffic efficiency.
“Piles are large columns generally made from reinforced concrete or steel and will be used to create a stable foundation for the new crossing of the Clarence River.
“Work involves building platforms for piling rigs, driving large steel casings into the ground as well as drilling and pouring concrete.
“Up to seven deliveries are expected by truck daily along the Bruxner Highway from Casino until a concrete batch plant is established on site in the coming months.”
Mr George said the new Tabulam Bridge will improve transport productivity between the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands.
“The 290 metre bridge will have one lane in each direction and also have a separate footpath for improved pedestrian and cyclist safety for the Tabulam community.
“The community is thanked for its patience while work on the new bridge is carried out.
“The new crossing is expected to open to traffic in 2019, weather permitting.”