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Tender awarded to build Stingray Creek bridge

Work will start mid this year on the new Stingray Creek Bridge with the $26 million contract to deliver the bridge awarded to Smithbridge Pty Ltd.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “The replacement of Stingray Creek Bridge aims to improve safety and access for all road users between North Haven and Laurieton.

“Roads and Maritime Services have been working with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to plan the replacement bridge which is expected to be delivered in 18 months,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government has provided $16.4 million toward the project with remaining $9.6 million to be provided by Council.

“We’re delighted residents will soon see building work underway after community consultation, detailed design, environmental assessments and other planning is now completed,” Mrs Williams said.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peter Besseling said Smithbridge Pty Ltd specialists were awarded the $26 million contract during an extraordinary meeting at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council last night.

“Road users are expected to be able to drive on Stingray Creek Bridge by 2018 with the new bridge to provide wider, safer travel lanes.

“The NSW Government is working hand-in-hand with Council to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure,” Councillor Besseling said.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to provide Council with support while the bridge is being built.”

“Early work including relocation of water and sewer mains has been underway since March and with the contract now awarded major work can start in July.

“Road users are thanked in advance for their patience during closures and changed traffic conditions.

“NSW Public Works will manage the project on behalf of Roads and Maritime and Council.”

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