Work starts on Clarence Road Rail Bridge to improve safety

29 October 2018

Work will start this week on the new Clarence Road rail bridge on Chifley Road, between Bell and Lithgow.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the NSW Government is delivering the new Clarence Road rail bridge as part of a $95 million investment for upgrades on the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road.

“The work will provide long term safety benefits for road users, improve regional access and ensure more reliable travel times,” Mr Toole said.

“The upgrade will replace the existing bridge, built in 1943 and improve safety with wider travel lanes, road shoulders and an upgrade to safety barriers.

“The project includes widening and realigning the approaches to the new bridge as well as improvements to the Clarence Colliery Road intersection with Chifley Road.”

Work on the approaches to the new bridge will start on Monday 29 October and continue on weekdays between 7am and 6pm and Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting.
Work is expected to be completed in 2020.

Roads and Maritime Services expect to call tenders for construction of the new bridge in early November.

For the safety of workers and motorists, changed traffic conditions will be in place during work, including single lane closures and reduced speed limits of 40 km/h and 60km/h.

Motorists can expect minor delays during work hours and should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of signs and traffic control.

The community will be kept informed about the progress of the upgrade work.

For more information on the project visit Chifley Road upgrade.

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