Bridges for the Bush: $14.8 Million Bemboka Bridge opened
Monday, 31 October 2016
The completion of the new $14.8 million Bemboka Bridge on the Snowy Mountains Highway has improved the capacity of the NSW freight network with the bridge now able to carry larger trucks.
As part of the project the new bridge was built immediately downstream of the existing bridge. The existing bridge has undergone major upgrades including a new surface and a central median strip has been installed.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the completion of this project as part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program was vital for the state’s south to cater for the growing freight task as the region booms.
“This bridge is now officially opened to traffic and already we can see the massive difference in improving freight efficiency and another example where we are building infrastructure to keep trucks off the local road network,” Mr Gay said.
“This additional bridge is going to improve the flow of traffic along a major freight route in the region and means there is a continuous 370 kilometre stretch of road for heavy-load vehicles to travel.”
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the new Bemboka Bridge has removed a significant pinch point for the region.
“Southern NSW is booming and we need to make sure we have the right infrastructure to support the growing region and keeping freight moving to service our local business and communities is vital.”
The NSW Government’s $410 million Bridges for the Bush program has 17 projects under way, with seven of which have been completed. This program alone, will remove 8,000 heavy vehicle trips from the freight task each year.
The project also involved protecting the local, much loved platypus habitat with an ecologist specialising in platypus employed to be on the work site to provide advice when contractors were working to install the bridge supports to protect the platypus habitat.
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