When the bridge gets bigger, the construction company says it’s not going to be happy
Posted November 01, 2019 09:03:54 When the NSW Government announced it was setting up a bridge construction company to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the project seemed to go ahead smoothly.
But the state government is now saying it may be looking to put a stop to the $6.5 billion project, with some construction companies now saying they are considering taking legal action to stop the work.
NSW Government to build new bridge over River Murray for $6bn – ABC News (ABC News) NSW Government said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointed” by the latest report from the NSW Engineering Assessment Board, which concluded it was in the public interest to cancel the bridge.
“We have not been consulted on this project, nor have we considered the implications of any legal action that may be brought against the contractor,” the statement said.
The board’s findings said the NSW government should have “a public engagement process” with the bridge’s contractor and that the NSW State Highway Authority had “serious concerns” about the bridge project.
However, the NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, has said the project is “not likely to cause any significant adverse impact” on Sydney.
In a statement, a spokesman for NSW Transport said it was a “complex project that has taken over a decade to complete”.
“The construction process has been challenging, but we have managed to deliver on the ambitious construction goals set by the state,” the spokesman said.
“We are confident the new bridge will serve as a valuable public transport link, and provide a valuable link to and from the CBD.”
But the NSW Board of Engineers said the report showed it was the state’s responsibility to design and build the new link.
“The Board has concluded that the State Government has no legal right to deny NSW Government access to information in respect of this important project,” the board’s report said.
“The Board considers that the project should proceed as planned and that NSW Government should consult with the construction companies about the issues raised.”NSW Bridge Construction: The latest on the NSW Bridge Construction Project (ABC Radio NSW) The latest construction on the $8 billion bridge, which will span the River Murray, has been delayed because of a lack of funding.
It is expected to be completed in 2022.