DRILLING DOWN TO THE DETAIL – ANDERSON WELCOMES PILING WORK ON OVERPASS
The new Gunnedah bridge project continues to move ahead with the first stage of work about to start on the bridge’s foundations.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson today turned the first sod on the project and said work is about to begin to drill holes for piling, forming the base of the bridge’s six piers.
“This is great news for Gunnedah and the aim to have this project completed by next January.
“I’ve been working hard since my first term to have this project fully-funded and events like today are exciting because it means another step to completion has begun.
“Roads and Maritime Services and its contractor will soon start work boring holes in the ground, installing steel casings and reinforcement before filling up the holes with concrete.
“This work will start today and is expected to take up to three months to complete, weather permitting.
“Residents will see equipment arrive for this drilling and work begin to build temporary piling platforms as part of this stage of the project.
“This work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays.”
“It is likely nearby residents will be able to hear piling activities and monitoring for noise and vibration will be carried out throughout the work to ensure they are within acceptable levels.
“The bridge will improve road safety and travel efficiency in the region and is expected to be completed by January 2020, weather permitting,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Roads and Maritime thanks the community for their patience during this work.