The Browns Creek Road Bridge Replacement in Blayney is among the successful projects under Round Three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said he had worked closely with the community to identify key bridges for replacement, with the improvement set to increase connectivity in the region.
“The Federal Government has invested $745,000 towards the upgrade of this new bridge which will improve driving conditions and accessibility to the area for residents and local truck drivers,” Mr Gee said.
Blayney Shire Mayor Scott Ferguson said the one lane timber bridge will be replaced and widened with a two lane concrete bridge that will increase the load limit from only 10 tonne to 166 tonne, removing the existing 28 kilometre detour for heavy vehicles.
“This funding enables Council to align this bridge in conjunction with the other road works already scheduled along Browns Creek Road. By realigning this bridge, we will improve the safety for all road users, and provide a substantial improvement in travel time for our valuable agricultural enterprises and local residents,” 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.
The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project.
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.