Match-cast concrete bridge segments to be used in the Batemans Bay Bridge project are being built at a specialised site south of Mogo.
Minister for Transport and Roads and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said the box girder segments are being made at a purpose-built facility south of Mogo and will travel to the project area in Batemans Bay.
“Batemans Bay Bridge is using some of the widest precast segments of their kind in Australia at 20.1m wide, compared to those used on the new Grafton bridge under construction (16.5m) and the Hunter Expressway near Newcastle (15.5m),” Mr Constance said.
Above; These Bridge girders from the Grafton Bridge are similar to the girders that will be built at Mogo
Above: Precast facility near Mogo during construction, nearly complete and bridge girders that will be built (pic of Grafton Bridge girder)
“Match casting is a method of pre casting where concrete segments are formed off the adjacent segment to produce a precise structure.
“Work on the new purpose-built facility has included installing environmental controls, levelling the site, building a production shed on a concrete slab, temporary offices, setting up and using specialty equipment, and establishing parking and amenities.
“The location for the new facility has helped reduce the heavy vehicle trips in the Batemans Bay Town Centre, minimised environmental impacts by using a former quarry site rather than creating an entirely new site, and kept employment and training opportunities within the local area,” Mr Constance said.
“This is fantastic for our region, to have these specially made segments made right here in the Eurobodalla with locals being employed and gaining the knowledge and skills to further their job opportunities.
“We will see more trucks and light vehicles travelling into and out of the Mogo site from the Princes Highway during the project and I thank local residents for their patience whilst this amazing project forges ahead,” said Mr Constance.
The NSW Government provided $274 million for the project which would improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak travel times and improve access to the Clyde River, all things that are important to our region.
For more information on the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project, please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/BatemansBayBridge.