PILING UP! WORK ON TABULAM BRIDGE TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS
The new Tabulam Bridge across the Clarence River will start to take shape from this week with piling work now under way.
Member for Lismore, 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.
“The start of piling work is an important next step in the building process which started in October last year,” Mr George said.
“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.”