Work proceeding on the $108 million Nagambie Bypass in Victoria
16 November 2010
After Victorian Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas turned the first sod in April, the Nagambie Bypass team was plagued by months of inclement weather, which required significant scaling back of works. With a return to good weather around grand final time however, the team is excited and looking forward to a very productive end of the year.
The project, which is due to open in mid 2012, involves the design and construction of six bridges and 13.5 km of freeway-standard road extending from Mitchellstown Road to Kirwans Bridge - Longwood Road.
The Bypass will complete the missing link in the freeway route through the Goulburn Valley, better connecting Victoria’s fruit and vegetable growing regions and forming part of the national highway network between Melbourne and Brisbane.
After months of delays from inclement weather including rains that flooded nearby towns, the recent change has seen the team ramp up to full capacity.
“Despite the wet weather, the commitment of the staff and workforce has been exemplary and the downtime was used to focus on safety and planning for the coming months,” said Project Manager Fiona Warren.
“Consequently, the recent good weather resulted in a project record for both the 651 Fleet and the 631 Fleet with over 1000 pushes from the two dozers for the day – in excess of 17,000 cubic meters moved safely and under budget.”
Construction of the temporary interchanges are also well underway and the local road upgrades are nearly fifty percent complete.
The Structures Team is benefiting from the flow on effects of the dry weather, with the second and third bridge sites now being worked on. The first deck has been poured and the abutments at the Northern Rail Bridge are starting to take shape.
“We are well aware of the challenges that lay ahead and with the commitment from the office staff and site employees we are looking forward to the next few months,” said Fiona.