Have your say on options for new Tooleybuc Bridge

Have your say on options for new Tooleybuc Bridge

28 May 2014

Roads and Maritime Services in partnership with VicRoads, have identified three route options for the new Tooleybuc Bridge across the Murray River, John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling said.

Mr Williams said the project is a priority under the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program.

“A new two lane concrete bridge would replace the existing single lane, timber structure on the Mallee Highway over the Murray River at Tooleybuc,” Mr Williams said.

“The bridge aims to improve travel times and provide better efficiency and capacity for heavy vehicles transporting freight. It is also expected to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists and reduce disruptions to motorists and boaters by providing a more efficient lift span or removing the need for a lift span,” Mr Williams said.

Three strategic options have been identified for investigation:

  • Yellow option – A high level bridge downstream of the existing bridge
  • Blue option – A low level bridge with lift span immediately next to and upstream of the existing bridge.
  • Purple option – A low level bridge with lift span upstream of the existing bridge.

All options have a connection to the main shopping street in Tooleybuc at Murray Street.

A report which identifies potential environmental constraints which could impact on choosing the best site for the new bridge has also been completed and is available for viewing at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

Detailed studies will now be carried out on the three options which will become part of the preliminary environmental investigation and help determine a preferred option.

“These studies will consider road safety, flood modeling, noise, socioeconomic, landscape, flora and fauna and Aboriginal heritage issues,” Mr Williams said.

“Concept design of the three route options will also now start and the project team will display these, along with results of specialist studies, before announcing a preferred option by mid next year. The project is another example of the NSW Government improving infrastructure and freight productivity in regional areas.”

The bridge has been identified for replacement under the Timber Truss Bridge Strategy, which was endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW in August 2012.

To have your say on any of the three route options, email comments to wagga.wagga.regional.office@rms.nsw.gov.au or write to:

Tim Wilson
Tooleybuc Bridge Replacement
Roads and Maritime Services
PO Box 484
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Contact: John Williams 0438 808 722

View the original media release (PDF)

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