Bridge up­grade for the Coast

Four new bridges an­nounced for MNC

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

FOUR new bridge projects will be de­liv­ered in the Cow­per elec­torate as part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram.

Cow­per Na­tion­als MP, Luke Hart­suyker, worked with the com­mu­nity to iden­tify th­ese four ag­ing bridges in the re­gion which needed re­place­ment:

Deep Creek Bridge Re­place­ment, Bellingen ($645,000)

Bar­dens Bridge Re­place­ment, Coffs Har­bour ($225,000)

Turn­ers Flat Bridge Re­place­ment, Kempsey ($1.9 mil­lion)

Lanes Bridge Re­place­ment, Nam­bucca ($1 mil­lion)

“The re­place­ment of the four bridges will de­liver widened lanes and also re­place tim­ber bridges with two-lane steel and con­crete bridges – ex­tend­ing their use­ful life by up to 100 years,” Mr Hart­suyker said. He said the new bridges would re­move more than 140km of heavy ve­hi­cle de­tours and im­prove traf­fic ca­pac­ity, travel times and in­crease load lim­its for heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess.

The Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment, limited to $5 mil­lion in this round, will be matched by coun­cils.

Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port, Darren Ch­ester, said the $162.53 mil­lion in fund­ing un­der round three of the Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram was in ad­di­tion to the $216 mil­lion com­mit­ted un­der the first two rounds.

“The re­newal and up­grade of 186 bridges un­der this round will de­liver so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits through­out re­gional Aus­tralia,” Mr Ch­ester said.

Alist of round three projects is avail­able at in­fra­struc­


The re­place­ment of the four bridges will de­liver widened lanes. — Luke Hart­suyker

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