COMPLETION of the new Boree Creek Bridge in Borenore has opened up a key NSW freight route to a new generation of more productive freight vehicles.
Built alongside the existing bridge on Henry Parkes Way, located 32 kilometres West of Orange, the new bridge is expected to carry up to 1,300 motorists a day including 300 heavy vehicles.
Costing $5.85 million, the new bridge in Borenore has opened up access for Higher Mass Limits (HML) vehicles travelling between the Newell Highway in Parkes to the Mitchell Highway.
Chief Executive Officer of Transport Certification Australia (TCA), Mr Chris Koniditsiotis, welcomed the completion of the bridge and the expansion of the HML network.
"Efficient and reliable transport networks are central to the delivery of goods and services we all depend on in our daily lives. Improved access for more productive vehicles opens up opportunities for improved efficiency across the entire supply chain, benefiting primary producers and the resource sector right through to manufacturers, retailers, exporters and the end consumer," he said.
"Improved access over the Boree Creek Bridge will be of particular benefit to the regional community of Parkes, as Parkes is located within 12 hours of 80% of Australia's population.
"Better access for HML vehicles will complement the work being undertaken in Parkes to develop a state-of-the-art multi-modal freight and transport interchange called the Parkes National Logistics Hub. The interchange sits at the crossroads of the Newell Highway, connecting Brisbane and Melbourne and the transcontinental railway, linking the eastern seaboard to Perth," Mr Koniditsiotis said.
All vehicles operating at HML, are required to participate in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP). Under the IAP vehicles are monitored using GNSS technology, to provide road asset managers and the community with the highest available assurance, heavy vehicles are complying with road access conditions.
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