Major milestone reached for construction of the New England Highway bypass of Scone

CRANES IN THE SKY: More than 20 concrete girders were put in to create a bridge over the railway line on the southern side of Scone. Photo: RMS
CRANES IN THE SKY: More than 20 concrete girders were put in to create a bridge over the railway line on the southern side of Scone. Photo: RMS

THIS week marked a significant milestone in the construction of the New England Highway bypass of Scone.

Contractor Daracon brought in the big guns on Tuesday, including employees from interstate and a 600-tonne and a 280-tonne crane from Melbourne and Brisbane, to construct a major bridge over the railway track on the southern side of town.

More than 20 concrete girders weighing in excess of 70-tonne each are being used to complete the bridge, which will replace the last rail level crossing on the highway once the Scone Bypass opens.

Work on the bridge has been completed over the past three days while the rail network is closed for routine maintenance.

It's expected the bridge will be completed by the end of today.

Construction of the $120 million project began in July 2018 and work is expected to be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

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