Bridge design tackles Wagga Wagga pinch point

17 March 2021

Plans for a new $9.5 million four-lane bridge on the Sturt Highway across Marshalls Creek to help ease congestion and provide a more reliable journey through Wagga Wagga are moving a step closer to construction.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole announced the award of tender for detailed design to SMEC Holdings, which will immediately begin drawing up detailed plans for the upgrade.

"This upgrade addresses a key pinch point in Wagga and will eliminate congestion resulting from traffic merging from four lanes down to two and back to four," Mr Toole said.

"The upgrade will double the capacity at the bridge crossing, strengthening the link for freight and local traffic travelling along the Sturt Highway between NSW and South Australia, as part of our commitment to safer and stronger regions," Mr Toole said.

Duty MLC for Wagga Wagga Wes Fang said the next steps will involve progressing the detailed design of the bridge followed by environmental investigations.

"We will continue to keep the Wagga Wagga community and stakeholders informed on this exciting project with work expected to start later this year and take about 14 months to complete," Mr Fang said.

Tenders were called at the end of last year for a contractor to provide detailed design for a new bridge, including developing a plan to remove the old bridge, and traffic management.

A separate contract will be awarded later this year to build the bridge and existing bridge demolition. Separate early work contracts for utility relocation are expected in coming weeks.

For more details on the project, visit the Marshalls Creek Bridge replacement project page.

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