Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, has today announced $307,500 in funding for Goodiman Bridge near Mudgee under Round Three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
“This is terrific news for Mudgee. The new upgrade for will benefit local motorists but also heavy vehicles and assist farmers in getting their produce to market,” Mr Gee said.
Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy said the one lane bridge will be replaced with a two lane concrete bridge and increase the load limit from 5 tonnes to 166 tonnes and remove the current 32km detour for school buses, semi-trailers and heavy emergency vehicles and remove the 45km detour for B-Doubles.
“This project will be a significant improvement on safety for heavy vehicle motorists, in particular the local school bus that delivers school children to and from Gulgong and Mudgee daily,” Cr Kennedy said.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the renewal and upgrade of 186 bridges under this round will deliver social and economic benefits throughout regional Australia
“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,” 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.