Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres today announced the tender for the Nepean River Bridge has been awarded to Seymour Whyte Constructions.
“Today we are one-step closer to delivering a safer crossing between Penrith and Emu Plains for the hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians who use the narrow Victoria Bridge daily,” Mr Gay said.
“The new world-class bridge is going to provide a whopping 257 metre shared path with viewing platforms, canopies and a terrace to take in the picturesque views of the Nepean River, Blue Mountains and historic Victoria Bridge.
“We are now getting on with the job of building the bridge which is expected to be completed in 2018,” Mr Gay said.
Seymour Whyte Constructions was chosen to deliver the new crossing after a competitive tender process.
The crossing will form a key link in the Bridge to Bridge Walk and has the potential to become a local destination for families and residents.
“This local landmark is something I promised in the 2011 election and after extensive consideration we are here today presenting the best option for the community and visitors alike,” Mr Ayres said.
“We’ve been through a number of designs and changes to the original plan but this longer than usual process was important for the community.
“This government is about proper planning and that is exactly why we have taken time to get this project right.”
The NSW Government will fund the full cost of the bridge, which is expected to be about $49 million.
Design changes were made to the bridge during extensive industry consultation, to provide a straighter crossing.
The preferred bridge design and location has also considered many unique constraints including heritage, flooding, property and privacy impacts, and the submarine high pressure gas main on the southern side of Victoria Bridge which supplies Blue Mountains’ residents with gas.
Major work is expected to start in the second half of this year.