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New milestone for rail overpass project

The project of building a new rail overpass over the main western rail line at Orange has reached a milestone.

Nine 23-metre long girders have been gently lifted into position, closing the gap across the railway line.

Work is expected to be completed on the $18.4 million project, that’s part of the Southern Feeder road project,  in July this year.

Orange City Council awarded the largest single contract for the project, a $14.2 million tender for the bridge and roadworks to Haslin Constructions, a Sutherland-based firm.

The project includes :

  • the next stage of the southern feeder road, involving the construction of a 720 metre new road from Huntley Road east to Elsham Ave
  • a new 23 metre long bridge over the main western railway line in South Orange.
  • a 400 metre extension of Edward St from McNeilly Ave alongside the former saleyards site to the new southern feeder road

Funding for the project is shared by Orange City Council, the Australian Government and the NSW Government.

The funding sources for the project include :

  • NSW Government’s Congestion and Safety program through the RMS ~ $2 million
  • NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program through Restart NSW ~ $6.82 million
  • Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program ~ $3.45 million
  • The remaining funding comes from Orange’s City Council operational funding ($400K) and reserves set aside from developer contributions ~$5.76 million.kjh

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