Steaming ahead: The wet weather has failed to stall Banora Point roadworks.
Steaming ahead: The wet weather has failed to stall Banora Point roadworks. John Gass

Wet fails to stall work on upgrade

WORK on the Banora Point highway upgrade has continued throughout the wet weather and a major bridge demolition is scheduled for February 7-8.

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesman said that despite the rain construction had not been delayed.

“Contingency plans were put in place so the rain wouldn’t affect the proposed completion date,” he said.

The bridges will be demolished using excavators to break the concrete into smaller pieces before they are transported to a recycling plant.

Before demolition of the two highway bridges over Minjungbal Drive, motorists will be diverted and an interchange bridge until the new bridge is built.

The diversions have been scheduled for late January.

“Northbound traffic will be diverted onto the western side of the Pacific Highway followed a week later by southbound traffic being diverted onto a new highway interchange bridge over Minjungbal Drive,” the RTA spokesman said.

He also announced that residents would be notified of the traffic diversions before each change occurred to ensure minimal disruption or delay to motorists, businesses and residents.

The Banora Point Upgrade Alliance consists of the Road and Traffic Authority, Abigroup, Seymour Whyte Constructions and Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation is in charge of the project.

They have also begun tours of the project for community members.

“The tour will provide community members with a first-hand insight into the construction progress to date including upcoming construction activities and milestones,” the spokesman said.

The next bus scheduled for February 3 is full.

The project is on track to be completed by the end of 2012.

For more information call 1800 012 611.

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