Bridges Renewal Program

Deep Creek Bridge. Photo by Vivian Hoskins
Deep Creek Bridge. Photo by Vivian Hoskins

Four new bridge projects will be delivered on the Mid North Coast following the announcement of successful funding under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

The replacement of Deep Creek Bridge on Coramba Rd, Megan in Bellingen Shire received $645,000 and was among four projects in Cowper to be funded under the program.

Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has worked with the community to identify the aging bridges in the region that need replacement to increase connectivity.

“The replacement of the four bridges will deliver widened lanes and also replace timber bridges with two lane steel and concrete bridges—extending their useful life by up to 100 years.

“This will allow greater access for local residents and businesses, increase traffic capacity resulting in improved travel times, increase load limits for heavy vehicle access—removing over 140 kilometres of heavy vehicle detours and increase bridge heights allowing for improved community access, including during flooding events.

“These improved driving conditions will mean a safer journey for residents and local truck drivers are a great outcome for the region,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

The other projects receiving funding under the Bridges Renewal Program are:

  • Bardens Bridge Replacement, Coffs Harbour  $225,000
  • Turners Flat Bridge Replacement, Kempsey  $1,995,615
  • Lanes Bridge Replacement, Nambucca   $1,000,000

The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful councils. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the $162.53 million funding under 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