Banora Pt upgrade girders arrive

Workers at the Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade were preparing the new bridge at Minjungbal Dr for the installation of the super-t girders on July 4, 2011.
Workers at the Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade were preparing the new bridge at Minjungbal Dr for the installation of the super-t girders on July 4, 2011.

CONCRETE girders have arrived at the Banora Point upgrade to begin the next stage of the bypass.

The “super-T girders” were for the southbound bridge over Minjungbal Drive.

A Road & Traffic Authority spokesman said the girders would be lifted into place in mid-July with weather permitting.

“The large cement girders, called super-T girders, will support the deck of the southbound bridge over Minjungbal Drive,” the spokesman said.

“The install is a crucial part of work to build the upgrade and will allow the deck of the bridge to be built.

“The community will be able to see the upgrade's bridges take shape as the beams are installed.”

The RTA was stockpiling the girders at the top of Sexton Hill as the final stages of the bridge's foundations were completed.

“Each is between 30 and 40 metres long and weighs between 60 and 90 tonnes,” the spokesman said.

“The beams were transported from Macksville, where they were built.”

The spokesman said that 140 girders were needed to build the upgrade.

“There will be changes to the traffic conditions, but the exact details can't be decided until we are closer to the installation date,” he said.

The installation of the girders was a significant milestone for the $321 million Banora Point Pacific Highway upgrade that began in April, 2004.

The RTA warned there would be increased heavy vehicle and equipment activity in and around Pioneer Parade and Short Street at the upgrade.

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