Safety to be improved with Charleyong Bridge to be replaced

Monday, 8 August 2016

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced the Charleyong Bridge across the Mongarlowe River north of Braidwood will be replaced as part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program to meet heavy vehicle requirements and improve motorists’ safety.

Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government allocated $2.15 million in 2016/17, on top of $500,000 last year, to continue planning a new bridge on Nerriga Road which connects Braidwood and Nowra via Nerriga.

“Charleyong Bridge is a single span allan truss timber bridge built in 1901 and needs to be replaced,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Roads and Maritime Services considered a number of factors including safety, future maintenance requirements and costs before deciding a new bridge was the best option, with the old bridge to be removed.

“A preferred option and review of environmental factors (REF) has been completed and is now displayed for community comment until Friday 26 August.

“Replacing the bridge will improve safety allowing wider lanes and improved approaches, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and minimise disruption to motorists while maintenance is carried out.

“Higher Mass Limit vehicles would also be able to use the bridge, improving freight movements in the region.

“The proposed work includes building a new wider bridge upstream of the existing bridge, removal of the old bridge and building around 1.4 kilometres of new road approaches to improve safety for motorists.

“Once removed the bridge’s timber will be recycled and used in the maintenance of other timber truss bridges where possible.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and other stakeholders to carry out planning to replace the bridge.”

The NSW Government allocated $64 million in 2016/17 to the Bridges for the Bush program, which aims to replace 17 bridges in the next five years in rural and regional NSW.

The preferred option and REF will be displayed at the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s Bungendore and Braidwood offices and Bungendore and Braidwood library.

Work on the bridge is expected to start in 2019.

Media: Belinda Strahorn 62994899

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