The new Deep Creek Bridge, north of Dorrigo, will save freight operators and local producers a detour of 50 kilometres by doubling the load limit of the old single-lane timber bridge.
The $1.54 million renewal of Deep Creek Bridge saw the Federal Government contribute $645,000 under Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program, the NSW government contribute a further $645,000, and Bellingen Shire Council contribute $250,000.
The 60-year-old bridge on Coramba Road has now been replaced by a modern, safer single-span, two-lane steel and concrete bridge, increasing the load limit from 25 tonne to 50 tonne.
"I know how frustrating it can be for producers trying to move freight from A to B, so I'm glad we've been able to build the new bridge to save them a lengthy detour," Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said.
State Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the project, partly funded under the NSW Government's Fixing Country Roads program, included re-aligning the bridge to make travelling along Coramba Road safer, and improving connectivity with Waterfall Way.
"The old bridge was built in the 1960s, and its poor condition would have seen a 10-tonne load limit be imposed in the future, so I'm glad load limits will not be required and that we've been able to deliver a safer bridge that will serve the community for generations to come," Mrs Pavey said.
"This is another great outcome for the Bellingen Shire Council, who has now received more than $1.3 million in Fixing Country Roads funding, including the upgrade of Bielsdown Bridge, which together with this upgrade of Deep Creek Bridge, will open up Coramba Road to regional freight operators."
Bellingen Shire Council Mayor Dominic King said the load capacity of the new two-lane concrete bridge had been increased to meet the future needs of local agricultural and commercial industry sectors.
"This new bridge will support five dairies producing six million litres of milk annually. Another six load-limited timber bridges have been programmed for maintenance, repair and rehabilitation works this financial year," Cr King said.
For more information on Fixing Country Roads projects, visit https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-roads