News Date: 03 Dec 2017
More than $2 million will be used to replace five timber bridges across Kyogle Shire as part of the Page Bridge Upgrade Package, after funding from the Australian Government was approved last week.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said 2016 election commitment would deliver better, safer and more reliable road access for residents in Kyogle and beyond.
“Replacing these five timber bridges is a great example of how investing in regional infrastructure can create longstanding benefits for the region and the state—improving safety, supporting emergency services access and better connecting communities,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding would replace three bridges in urgent need of repairs due to damage from Cyclone Debbie earlier this year.
“Kyogle Shire has one of the highest numbers of ageing wooden bridges in New South Wales, and replacing these five bridges will improve access and connections during natural disasters, improve safety and reduce travel times for motorists,” Mr Hogan said.
Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland said the upgraded bridges would have higher load limits, which would reduce operating costs for local businesses by opening up more direct routes and accommodating heavier vehicles.
“Future Council budgets will feel the benefit of this investment in the form of lower ongoing maintenance costs, which is a further benefit to the shire's ratepayers,” Cr Mulholland said.
The five bridges to be replaced are Sommerville Bridge, Boorabee Park Bridge, Burt Rayner Bridge, J Campbells Number 1 Bridge, and J Campbells Number 2 Bridge.
Work on all five bridges is expected to be completed in late 2019, weather permitting. The $4.04 million Page Bridge Upgrade Package is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Kyogle Council.
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