Work starts on $8 million Tangaratta Creek Bridge Replacement project

20 October 2014

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that work has begun on an $8 million project to replace the existing bridge across Tangaratta Creek.

“This is great news to announce this work has begun on the back of a very strong community push,” Mr Anderson said.

“We called for this bridge to be upgraded due to the safety concerns and I am really pleased to see that $8 million has been allocated to fix the problem.

“I want to thank the community for their support in getting this bridge fixed. It was the scene of an horrific truck crash just two and a half years ago when a truck driver lost his life and cattle had to be destroyed.

“The community started a social media petition and asked me to carry it forward through to the Minister and I am really pleased today to see the result of that community push.

"This is a significant investment in our road network on a very busy and important stretch of road between Gunnedah and Tamworth.

“I thank the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay and the Department for listening and supporting our community.

“The new bridge across Tangaratta Creek will be built in stages from the northern end to minimise traffic disruptions and ensure safety.

“In addition to replacing the bridge, work will be carried out to realign the highway both north and south of the new bridge to improve travel conditions for all road users.

“Work starting today involves establishing an access track at the northern end to allow major work to be carried out beside the road to reduce traffic impacts.

“Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and 8am and 1pm on Saturdays and is expected to be completed by late next year, weather permitting.

“I want to thank the RMS for their investment in our region by improving safety on the Oxley Highway and delivering high quality infrastructure to local communities and businesses,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community for their patience while work is carried out.

For more information on the Tangaratta Creek replacement project and other improvement work under way on the Oxley Highway visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

Media:Kevin Anderson 0418 493 867

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Tangaratta Bridge users Ray Hambrook and Bede Burke, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, Nicole Byrne and Tamworth Deputy Mayor Russell Webb
Tangaratta Bridge users Ray Hambrook and Bede Burke, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, Nicole Byrne and Tamworth Deputy Mayor Russell Webb
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