Regional NSW bridge boost

Published 4th March, 2015 in Infrastructure, Transport

Regional NSW will see new bridges built and old bridges upgraded over four years.

Bridge tunnel over rail tracks
Kapooka Bridge will be upgraded under the Bridges for the Bush initiative.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the $210 million Bridges for the Bush and $89 million Fixing Country Roads are examples of Restart NSW funding initiatives that are additional to record annual road and freight budgets.

Key programs 

Bridges for the Bush 

$135m funding from Restart NSW and co-funding from the annual roads budget and Commonwealth makes the total package of works worth $210 million.

Project examples
  • $55m new bridge at Kapooka (under construction).
  • $32m new bridge at Gunnedah (planning underway).
  • $17m new bridge over Wakool River (planning underway).
  • $16.4m new bridge at Gooloogong (opened February 2015).
  • $12.2m new bridge near Wee Waa (under construction).

Fixing Country Roads 

$42.85m from Restart NSW and co-funding from regional councils, Commonwealth and industry makes the total package of works worth $89 million.

Project examples
  • $2.59m new Gobarralong Bridge near Gundagai (jointly funded with Gundagai Shire Council and Commonwealth).
  • $1.53m new Abercrombie River Bridge (jointly funded with Upper Lachlan Shire Council and Commonwealth).
  • $740K new Starr’s Crossing Bridge (jointly funded with Upper Hunter Shire Council and Commonwealth).

Annual roads and freight budget

Historic $15.4 billion since March 2011 for roads and bridges in regional NSW.

Project examples
  • $16.4m to help Port Macquarie-Hastings Council build a new $26m Stingray Creek Bridge (works commence in mid-2015).
  • $8.35m new bridge over Bogan River east of Bourke on Kamilaroi Hwy (opened December 2012).
  • $3.5m to help Uralla Shire Council build a new $4m bridge at Emu Crossing near Bundarra (under construction).
Published 4th March, 2015 in Infrastructure, Transport