First bridges announced in NSW renewal program

The New South Wales Government has announced the first timber bridges that will receive funding through Round Two of the $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said $49.25 million has been awarded to replace 34 timber bridges with concrete bridges across 21 Local Government Areas (LGA).

“With each bridge replaced, we’re opening up more efficient routes for heavy vehicles from freight to the local school bus and RFS tankers,” he said.

“Our government is getting on with the job of building infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather events and protect our supply chain.

“That’s why we’re pushing ahead with Round 2A of the Fixing Country Bridges program in LGAs where councils are ready to get work, so these projects can get started.

“We’ll continue to work with councils across the rest of the state, many of which have been hit hard by natural disasters like floods to firm up the remaining bridges.

A total of $290 million has already been awarded to councils under Round One of Fixing Country Bridges to replace more than 400 timber structures across 54 LGAs in NSW.

The outcome of all applications submitted in Round Two of the program is expected to be announced towards the end of the year.

In other news, construction has started on the $261 million Newell Highway upgrade between Narrabri and Moree, with several intersection upgrades and three new overtaking lanes area making up the first major work.