Camp Street Bridge replacement

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to replace the Camp Street Bridge over Lake Forbes to improve safety for road users and help reduce future maintenance costs.

Visualisation of the new bridge
Visualisation of the new bridge

Project update

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposal and actions to reduce them. The REF found that the proposal would not significantly affect the environment or the community with the application of identified mitigation measures.

The REF was displayed for public comment from 27 June to 27 July 2018.

A submissions report summarising the comments made and a response to each issue will be made available in late 2018 when the REF is finalised.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Background

The Camp Street Bridge was built in 1927 and is narrow, in poor condition and nearing the end of its life.

A new bridge is needed to meet current design standards and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians into the future.

A new bridge across Lake Forbes will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and reduce future maintenance requirements.

The project involves building a new, wider bridge across Lake Forbes with wider travel lanes and pedestrian/cyclist paths.

The design includes landscaping suitable to the surrounding lakeside environment. The lamp posts from the existing bridge will be incorporated in the design to complement the town's heritage aesthetics.

Project benefits

  • Improving road user safety through wider travel lanes, improved road approaches and pedestrian/cyclist paths across the new bridge
  • Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists between both sides of Lake Forbes
  • Reduced ongoing maintenance costs
  • Improved environmental outcomes by managing stormwater runoff from the road into Lake Forbes
  • Retaining the lamp posts in the landscape design on the approach to bridge, to reference the past and link the bridge to the heritage aesthetic of the town
  • Unique design to provide an iconic structure for the Forbes community for the future.

Next steps

A submissions report summarising the comments made and a response to each issue will be made available in late 2018 when the REF is finalised. Pending the outcome of the REF, the design will be finalised and the project is likely to begin construction in mid-2019.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

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