Community thanked for input on proposed replacement of Barrington bridge

15 February 2016

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today thanked the community for providing comments to the Roads and Maritime Services on the proposed alignment for the replacement of Barrington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way near Gloucester.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government had allocated $750,000 to plan for the project which aims to improve safety for motorists crossing the Barrington River.

“Thunderbolts Way is an important freight link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands which serves the tourism, livestock and timber industries of NSW,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The proposal involves replacing the existing timber bridge to reduce long term maintenance costs and improve road freight productivity while meeting the changing traffic needs of the community in Barrington, Gloucester and the surrounding areas.

“The proposal was first presented to the community in 2011 as part of the Timber Truss Conservation Strategy and in December last year the community were invited to comment on the proposed bridge alignment.

“Roads and Maritime is now considering our community’s feedback and carrying out a review of environmental factors and further technical investigations.

“The proposed alignment would allow motorists to maintain the existing 100 km/h speed limit on Thunderbolts Way and the existing bridge would be kept open to traffic while the new bridge is built, eliminating the need for detours.

“A project community update is planned mid year once the concept design and timeframes for the replacement of the bridge are finalised but Roads and Maritime will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

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