THE construction of the replacement Stingray Creek Bridge is on schedule, and weather permitting due for completion by the end of 2016.
Locals will have noticed a flurry of activity at Stingray Creek as building of a temporary platform was being completed, with this structure forming the platform from which the new bridge will be built.
Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams visited the bridge site on Monday, and confirmed work is well under way.
"Over the next few months work will really ramp up with bridge pylons going into the river and 49 large girders being lifted into place to form the bridge base," Minister Gay said.
Mr Williams said the new bridge would deliver significant benefits to the area now and for years to come.
"The old bridge was narrow, dilapidated and unsafe - the new structure will be wider, stronger and safer," Mrs Williams said.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Director Jeffery Sharp is also pleased with the construction progress, and quick to recognise the hard work of all those involved in the construction program.
"After many years of hard work, Council is delighted to be delivering this important piece of infrastructure on behalf of the community.
"The collaborative working partnership with Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Public Works and construction contractor Smithbridge will continue to deliver the project, and Council would like to thank the community for their patience as works progress," Mr Sharp said.
A time-lapse photography system is in place to record the construction works, and this footage is now available to view below.
For more information and to stay up to date on the construction of the new Stingray Creek Bridge visit Council’s engagement website pmhclistening.com.au/stingray-creek-bridge.