Bridges for the Bush - Contract awarded to replace Tulladunna Bridge
12 November 2014
Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Western NSW and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced Nelmac Pty Ltd would build the$3.6 million Tulladunna Bridge across the Namoi River near Wee Waa.
The $12.2 million project to replace the bridge is part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Bridges for the Bush Program.
Mr Gay said we were one-step closer to improving road freight productivity in the North West.
“More than 10,000 trucks move across this bridge each and every year,” Mr Gay said.
“I am proud the NSW Government is delivering infrastructure to support the region’s livestock, grain and cotton industries.
Mr Humphries said this was an important milestone and would ensure work started on the replacement of the bridge early next year.
“With early work on the road approaches getting underway in May and the building contract now awarded, this project is on track to begin early next year and will improve safety and access for all road users,” Mr Humphries said”When complete in around 2016, this bridge will form part of a continuous 600 kilometre route for heavy vehicles operating at higher mass limits on the Kamilaroi Highway – which, after 16 years of neglect under Labor, is good news for the businesses and communities of the North West
Mr Gay said the upgrade was yet another example of the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government getting on with the job of moving freight around the state more efficiently.
“Half the nation’s and three quarters of all interstate road freight journeys are on our roads and unlike the former Labor government, we understand just how vital it is to invest in infrastructure to help boost economic growth,” Mr Gay said.
The Tulladunna Bridge is one of 17 key locations in country NSW the Liberal & Nationals Government has committed to improving to enhance the state’s freight movement over the next five years.
MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0407 791 802 (Minister Gay)
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