Wider bridge to open up access for larger trucks

Work starts on new higher and wider bridge to open up the New England highway to larger trucks

February 7, 2013

Work has started on a new higher and wider bridge in New South Wales to open up the New England highway to larger trucks.

The federally-funded Fitzgerald Bridge will be built over the Hunter River just outside Aberdeen, and Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says it will provide truck drivers with a shorter, quicker route between the Hunter and the Darling Downs.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the new bridge is expected to be up and open to the 8,500 vehicles that use this route daily by early next year.

"It will be erected to the west of the existing bridges and have one lane in each direction," he says.

"In recent years, we’ve progressively allowed bigger trucks to use certain major roads and arteries within NSW, and this new bridge near Aberdeen will open up the highway to these types of heavy vehicles."

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