Tenders called for new Torryburn Bridge

3 July 2015

Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter has announced that planning has progressed for a new bridge at Torryburn with tenders invited to design and build a new crossing over the Allyn River.

Mr. Johnsen said the NSW Government is providing the new bridge with disaster assistance funding after the old bridge collapsed and washed away during the devastating Hunter storms in April this year.

“This is great news for our community as the new bridge will provide the vital access the Torryburn community needs.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Dungog Shire Council have worked together to provide access for residents since the storm, installing both a temporary pedestrian bridge across the Allyn River and an alternative vehicle access track.”

“Dungog Council will manage the design and building work for the new bridge.

“The new bridge is expected to be about 80 metres long and 14 metres high and will be a welcome long term asset for the community.

“More information about the bridge design will be available as the project progresses,” Mr. Johnsen said.

Dungog Shire Council Mayor Harold Johnston said “Council appreciates the patience and help provided by the Torryburn and Clement’s Road communities during these trying times.

“While Council has focused as many internal resources as possible on expediting the recovery effort, a great deal of assistance has needed to be sourced externally.

“In particular, Council would like to thank RMS, other Hunter Councils and the many contractors and consultants that have provided invaluable assistance in the past two months.”

Mr. Johnsen said RMS will continue to support Dungog Council and provide assistance and technical support until the new bridge is completed.

All enquiries relating to the proposed contract must be directed to the Project Officer, Mr Steve Hitchens, on telephone (02) 4995 7777 or 0427 438826 or e-mail shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au.

Dungog Council expects to award the contract for Torryburn Bridge in September this year.

“On behalf of our local community, I would like to thank both RMS and Dungog Shire Council for their wonderful efforts during this difficult time,” Michael Johnsen said.

View the original media release.

Michael Johnsen MP with Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads, Harold Johnston, Mayor of Dungog and Peter Duncan, CEO of Roads and Maritime Services

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