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Rio Tinto appoints contractors to build $23M bridge

A proposal for a four-lane bridge on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra has been added to Infrastructure Australia's Priority List.

A $23 million contract to build a bridge over Rio Tinto’s proposed Koodaideri Rail Line has been awarded to a joint venture, creating at least 40 jobs.

ACCIONA Geotech and Clough Projects (ACJV) will undertake roadworks and bridgeworks for the project on the Great Northern Highway north of the Auski Roadhouse.

The bridge will carry traffic over the proposed rail line to ensure the safety of motorists when the mine is operational.

Works will include the construction and realignment of 3.6 kilometres of highway and a new intersection at the Rio Tinto mine access road, which will be built as part of the Rio Tinto Koodaideri project.

“Rio Tinto has acknowledged the potential risk to the public with their rail operations and are to be commended on their proactive approach to engage Main Roads to construct a new bridge – the safest possible crossing infrastructure for the travelling public,” WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

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“An average of 721 vehicles per day use this section of Great Northern Highway, around two-thirds of which are heavy vehicles.

“This project will significantly increase efficiency and improve safety for road users by eliminating the road/rail conflict.”

Works will begin in November 2019 and are expected to be complete in June 2020.

The project has been funded by Rio Tinto and is managed by Main Roads WA.

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