Tools down! Historic Day for Burrill Lake community
Tuesday 27 February 2018
After 24 months of work, the creation of 50 local jobs and completion of nine traineeships, major work on the $58 million Burrill Lake Bridge project is officially complete.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian today said the completion of work is cause for celebration, with the western side of Burrill Lake now open to water craft up to 2.5 metres high for the first time in 130 years.
“The new bridge project has meant the waterway can be given back to the community and those who use the lake,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Burrill Lake Bridge is a key South Coast transport corridor and this NSW Government funded project will help ensure the Princes Highway and the waterway meets the needs of the community.
“The previous bridge was deteriorating and not built above a one in 100 year flood level.”
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said the existing bridge had served the community and today handed over the bronze plaque from the old causeway to the Milton Ulladulla Historical Society to ensure its legacy continues.
“Since the new crossing opened in September last year, the former bridge and causeway have been demolished and roundabouts to the north and south of the bridge are completed,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Local road accesses, parking spaces, landscaping and the southern foreshore community platform are finished.
“More than 7,000 vehicles use the Burrill Lake Bridge each day, 12.5 per cent of which are heavy vehicles, which is why the community has been such a strong advocate of this great project.”
The new Princes Highway bridge will provide safer and more reliable trips for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists as well as reducing future maintenance costs.