Michael Johnsen, Member for the Upper Hunter said during the storm the Torryburn Bridge collapsed under the weight of fallen trees and debris before being washed away.
Dungog Shire Council and NSW Roads and Maritime Services built the temporary bridge to provide suitable pedestrian access for residents. An access track is also being built for vehicles that will need to travel to and from Torryburn.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the temporary pedestrian access bridge is a moveable structure which allows for direct access to and from Torryburn but of more importance was the building of a brand new bridge for the town.
"We’ll actually be building a brand new bridge, and currently have our experts developing engineering designs for this,” Mr Gay said.