Transport for New South Wales has awarded Abergeldie the US$143 million contract to build the New Dubbo Bridge and the adjoining roads. Tendering had begun in April (link opens in new tab). The project is designed to improve traffic efficiency, reduce congestion and improve access across the Macquarie River floodplain during flooding.

It forms part of more than US$645 million in upgrades being carried out along the Newell Highway, funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

Federal infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government minister Catherine King said: “As we’ve seen in the recent flood events, roads and bridges are a vulnerable point which can leave communities cut off and put drivers at risk. The New Dubbo Bridge will transform the way residents and freight operators travel in and through Dubbo and western NSW.”

NSW regional transport and roads minister Sam Farraway said: "It’s a golden opportunity for young job seekers, with university graduates making up 20 per cent of the total workforce and at least 15 per cent of the workforce aged under 25. Twenty per cent of the qualified tradespersons working on the project must also be apprentices, providing those who are just starting out their career a chance to work on a legacy project that will change the shape of Dubbo.”

State member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders added: “The New Dubbo Bridge project will leave a lasting legacy not only in terms of travel in and through Dubbo, but also in terms of the new skills and experience it will provide for the local workforce.

“There is an emphasis on forming partnerships with local businesses and a commitment to ensuring at least 20 per cent of the workforce resides in the local area, maximising local employment pathways and workforce numbers.

“We’re also very excited by what this project means for workers in Dubbo and western NSW, with a strong focus on engaging and supporting women, Aboriginal people, trainees, and young workers.”

Major construction is set to start in early 2023, with a planned opening by late 2026.