Tabulam Bridge study area announced

7 August 2013

Tabulam Bridge study area announced

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is inviting community members to have their say on the newly announced study area for a bridge over Clarence River at Tabulam.

A RMS spokesperson said the Tabulam Bridge upgrade is being delivered as part of the $280 million NSW Government Bridges for the Bush program.

“The study area for the new bridge, which is part of the project’s design work, is available to view on the RMS website,” the spokesperson said.

“This is a crucial step in the design process. RMS will now explore bridge options within the announced study area in Tabulam.

“The existing Tabulam Bridge is to be removed and replaced with a bridge which meets local and through traffic demands.

“Having community involvement at each stage of the process will ensure the final design takes into account wider impacts on surrounding roads, land, businesses and residents, so we welcome as much input as possible.

“Community members are invited to a drop-in session at Tabulam Community Hall on Barnes Street on Thursday 15 August from 3pm to 7pm.

“Feedback, along with a range of technical studies including environment, heritage, flood, traffic and noise, will be considered in the development of preliminary options for the new bridge which are expected to be released later this year,” the spokesperson said.

The Bridges for the Bush initiative is a commitment from NSW Government to improve road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges across the next five years at 17 key locations in regional NSW to improve critical freight access.

Bridges for the Bush includes replacing or upgrading five key priority higher mass limit (HML) deficient bridges on state managed roads and 12 timber truss bridges on state, regional and local roads.

The existing detour for heavy vehicles which cannot use Tabulum Bridge is more than 230 kilometres.

The replacement or upgrade of five HML deficient bridges alone will remove 8,000 heavy vehicle trips from the freight task each year, saving an estimated $200 million in economic, social and environmental costs to the state in the next 30 years.

The program also aims to significantly reduce ongoing maintenance costs for these bridges.

To provide feedback on what’s important to you when determining the preferred option for the new Tabulam bridge or for more information on the Bridges for the Bush Program visit, email or call 1800 810 680 (toll free).

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