Motorists travelling along the New England Highway through Singleton next week need to plan for some potentially lengthier disruptions than usual.
Work is continuing on the Gowrie Gates railway bridge west of Singleton.
Major works are scheduled to be completed as a part of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) shut down for maintenance works.
From 9am next Tuesday (18th September) until next Thursday morning (20th September) preparation works for major part of the project to build the new rail bridge and widen the highway at Gowrie Gates will be getting underway.
“Next week’s works involve placing large concrete girders weighing over 200 tonnes, which are the support structures and base for the new bridge which will run parallel to the existing one,” said ARTC’s Group Executive for the Hunter Valley Network Jonathan Vandervoort.
“That bridge will then be put in place in November.”
“Over the three days of works all traffic on the New England Highway will be diverted onto a purpose built temporary road running to the south of the bridge and the work area.”
“Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40 kilometres an hour in both directions will be in place for the safety of workers and motorists. Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow the direction of signs and traffic control,” said Jonathan Vandervoort.
There will also be traffic delays and occasional stoppages between Sunday 16th September and Saturday 22nd of up to five minutes during the day and 15 minutes at night on the New England Highway between, weather permitting.
Access to and from Maison Dieu Road at the New England Highway will be closed while the temporary side road is in use.
Motorists requiring access to the Gowrie and McDougalls Hill area should use Magpie Street, which is approximately 1.5 kilometres north along the New England Highway, during this period.
A vehicle weight limit of 74 tonnes, width limit of 4.6 metres and length limit of 30 metres will be in place from 9am Tuesday 18 September to 11am Thursday 20 September
A reduced vertical clearance of 5.0 metres will be in place from 11am Thursday 20 September 2018 until April 2019.
Oversized vehicles that have previously been able to travel through this area may need to detour during this period.