Hope­field Road Bridge works com­plete

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Works to widen the Hope­field Road Bridge have been com­pleted, mark­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment for lo­cal agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing and tourism.

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin said the new widen­ing of the Hope­field Road Bridge would im­prove ac­cess for lo­cal pro­duc­ers to mar­kets as well as en­hance trans­port con­nec­tions from the area to the state and na­tional road net­work.

The ex­ist­ing bridge, which crosses Wang­a­mong Creek ap­prox­i­mately 20 kilo­me­tres north of Corowa, is a key pinch point on Hope­field Road on the route to Corowa Sa­le­yards and for the ex­port of grain.

The up­grades de­liv­ered by Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil are worth a to­tal of $515,000, which in­volved the widen­ing of the up­stream side of the ex­ist­ing bridge and re­align­ing of the road ap­proaches to the widened bridge struc­ture.

Mr Aplin said the project re­ceived $245,000 in fund­ing un­der the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Restart NSW Fix­ing Coun­try Roads pro­gram which pro­vided tar­geted fund­ing to lo­cal coun­cils for road projects that would elim­i­nate con­nec­tiv­ity con­straints on lo­cal roads and re­duce the cost to mar­ket for lo­cal busi­nesses.

“I’m proud that the NSW Gov­ern­ment put for­ward fund­ing for these up­grades,” he said.

“The Fix­ing Coun­try Roads pro­gram has pro­vided for much needed in­fra­struc­ture up­grades that will elim­i­nate ‘last mile’ con­straints for lo­cal in­dus­try.”

The Hope­field Road Bridge widen­ing project also re­ceived $255,000 in fund­ing un­der the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Bridges Re­newal pro­gram.

Ad­di­tional works in­cluded in the up­grade were the in­stal­la­tion of new guardrails as well as new line-mark­ing, guide posts and sig­nage at the bridge.

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