Tweed Heads loses the decades-old Sexton Hill bridge as part of the new Banora Point upgrade.
Tweed Heads loses the decades-old Sexton Hill bridge as part of the new Banora Point upgrade. John Gass

End of the road for twin bridges

DEMOLITION of twin bridges on the Pacific Highway at Tweed Heads South began yesterday as part of the $359 million Banora Point upgrade.

Work on the 20-year-old bridge began at 7am and was scheduled to continue through the night until 10pm tonight, with minor work to continue until 2am tomorrow.

The work over Minjungbal Drive was progressing as planned yesterday afternoon according to a Roads and Traffic Authority spokesman.

“There have been no unforeseen events and the demolition is going well,” the spokesman said.

The RTA said a variety of drilling methods were being used to tear down the concrete structures, including diggers, excavators and jackhammers.

All concrete from the bridges will be taken to the Reedy Creek recycling plant, where it will be crushed and re-used as road material.

The demolition of the twin bridges has been labelled a “significant milestone” by NSW Roads Minister David Borger.

“The RTA and the alliance have worked very closely with the business focus group and the community,” Mr Borger said.

“Traffic control, signage and electronic message boards are in place to safely direct motorists.”

Mr Borger has announced Minjungbal Drive entry and exit points would return to their original positions after the demolition work is complete.

The RTA reminds motorists to be mindful of the traffic diversions.

“The RTA is reminding motorists to follow directions and plan their trip,” the spokesman said.

“The RTA appreciates the patience of motorists and the community.”

The existing highway will be used as a local access road once the project is completed in December 2012.

The new six-lane divided carriageway will have a speed limit of 100km/h.



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