11 February 2021
The Australian Government is contributing approximately $1.15 million towards a new bridge at the crossing of Washpen Creek at Obley, near Yeoval, under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP).
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee MP, said the timing couldn’t be better to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges in the Central West.
“Washpen Bridge on Gundong Road is an important thoroughfare for Yeoval residents, workers and visitors passing through,” Mr Gee said.
“There have been a number of accidents on the existing single lane Washpen Bridge. Just this harvest, a header went over the safety railing and into the creek. Fortunately, the accident wasn’t fatal, but it certainly brought home the need for this work to be carried out as a matter of priority.
“This vital funding will be used to upgrade Washpen Bridge to a new dual lane concrete bridge, creating a safer and more reliable passage for heavy vehicles and school buses. It will also mean that the crossing is more passable during flooding events. The location of the bridge will also be moved to allow for the approaches to be straighter.
“New bridges like this one help to make our country roads safer, while also making key freight routes more efficient, delivering long-term benefits to drivers, businesses and the local community.
“Washpen Bridge is one of ten road infrastructure projects in our region funded under the recent Vehicle Safety Productivity Program and Bridges Renewal Program. That’s a massive $7.6 million investment in road infrastructure projects in the Central West.
Cabonne Shire Mayor Kevin Beatty thanked the Federal Government for its generosity in contributing to the Washpen Bridge project.
“The construction of this new bridge will greatly increase the safety of road users, which is a priority for Cabonne Council,” Cr Beatty said.
“The replacement of a single lane timber bridge with a two-lane concrete bridge will allow for an increase in load limit, opening up opportunities for the promotion of this route for B-Double vehicles.
“Not only will this reduce the number of B-Double vehicles on local roads, but it has the potential to accelerate economic activities within the area for the operation of MSM Milling at Manildra by allowing local producers to be able to supply their raw materials via the local route.”
Washpen Bridge Project details
Estimated cost: $2,290,800
Australian Government funding: $1,145,400
Projected project completion: 30 June 2022
Location: Gundong Road, Obley (approx. 20km from Yeoval)
Status: Tenders for the design of the bridge, including options analysis for the bridge location, have been called for and construction is expected to commence in the 2021/2022 financial year.
The Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program
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