The Federal Government has invested $1,288,925 to the Blayney Street Overbridge Replacement near Newbridge under Round Three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said local residents and truck drivers will benefit from the new bridge.
“This is a big win for the Blayney Shire. Motorists will benefit from the upgrade with improved driving conditions and accessibility to the area,” Mr Gee said.
State Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the one lane wooden bridge will be replaced with a two lane concrete bridge that will increase the load limit from only 5 tonne to 160 tonne.
“This funding will extend the life of the bridge for decades to come, allowing for improved community and heavy vehicle access,” Mr Toole said.
Blayney Shire Council Mayor Scott Ferguson said the upgrade also has the potential to remove a 20km detour.
“The important upgrade to this bridge will improve access to the village of Newbridge and will also improve traffic movements for our local agricultural businesses.
“The historic train station at Newbridge is a treasured part of local history of the village, dating back to early settlement when it was first opened in 1875. While the station is not currently in use, the railway line brings passengers to and from the Central West on a daily basis and is an important regional infrastructure route. Any investment to the site is warmly welcomed by the community. The replacement of the one lane Newbridge timber bridge over the railway line will greatly improve safety and accessibility of the area to local motorists and pedestrians,” Cr Ferguson said.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $162.53 million funding toward 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.
Successful proponents in this round will match the Federal Government’s financial commitment. The Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project to allow for a wider distribution of projects.
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.