FORTY BENDS UP­GRADE ON THE GREAT WEST­ERN HIGH­WAY COM­PLETE

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Good­i­man Bridge, lo­cated on Me­bul Road near Goolma, has re­ceived $307,500 un­der Round Three of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram.

This is ter­rific news for the re­gion as the new up­grade for will ben­e­fit lo­cal mo­torists but also heavy ve­hi­cles and as­sist farmers in get­ting their pro­duce to market.

The ex­ist­ing one lane bridge will be re­placed with a two lane con­crete bridge and in­crease the load limit from 5 tonnes to 166 tonnes.

The cur­rent 32km de­tour for school buses, semi-trail­ers and heavy emer­gency ve­hi­cles and the 45km de­tour for B-dou­bles will also be re­moved – mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence for heavy ve­hi­cles and the lo­cal school bus that de­liv­ers school chil­dren to and from Gul­gong and Mudgee

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, in­clud­ing a full list of suc­cess­ful Round Three projects is avail­able at www.in­fra­struc­ture.gov.au/bridges. Work is now com­plete on the Forty Bends sec­tion of the Great West­ern High­way, en­sur­ing a smoother and safer jour­ney for mo­torists.

Work was car­ried out as part of the Aus­tralian and New South Wales Gov­ern­ment’s $250 mil­lion Great West­ern High­way up­grade be­tween Ka­toomba and Lith­gow.

The $64.7 mil­lion up­grade along the Forty Bends sec­tion of the high­way in­cluded widen­ing the ex­ist­ing road to three lanes. More than 1,300 lo­cal jobs were cre­ated as a re­sult of the pro­ject and 500,000 tonnes of soil was shifted!

The Great West­ern High­way is a cru­cial link be­tween Syd­ney and the Cen­tral West and I’m pleased to see that this sec­tion of the road is open to traf­fic!

An­drew pic­tured with Mid-west­ern Regional Coun­cil Mayor Des Kennedy, Man­ager Works Sally Mullinger and Gen­eral Man­ager Brad Cam.

An­drew pic­tured with the NSW RMS pro­ject team.

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