New two lane bridge at Gortons Crossing complete

12 December 2014

George Souris, MP, Member for Upper Hunter is pleased to announce that motorists now have access to a new concrete bridge which was built to replace the old timber bridge washed away last year at Gortons Crossing Road in Stroud.

Mr. Souris said the NSW Government provided $588,000 in Natural Disaster funding toward the new bridge.

“The loss of the bridge in March last year caused significant inconvenience for residents on the western side of the Karuah River and locals around Stroud,” Mr. Souris said.

“Great Lakes Shire Council provided a temporary crossing to ensure locals could cross the river to and from Stroud. The new bridge will provide permanent access across the river.

“The new bridge is 30 metres long and 4.7 metres wide with one lane of traffic in each direction, providing improved access to the previous single lane bridge.

“The two span concrete bridge is also more durable and will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

“This project is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to ensure community infrastructure is restored after natural disasters with $592.7 million in natural disaster relief funding provided since April 2011 across the state.

“The NSW Government declared a natural disaster event for the storms and flooding that occurred in the area in March 2013.

“Natural disaster funding is provided to restore roads or bridges damaged by natural disasters to their pre-disaster condition”, Mr. Souris concluded.

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