Progress on new Emu Crossing Bridge

Monday, 2 September 2013

Progress on new Emu Crossing Bridge

Early work is under way to replace the existing Emu Crossing Bridge with a high-level bridge with improved flood immunity, 3.75 kilometres south of Bundarra.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the project aims to provide improved infrastructure for the people and businesses of the Northern Tablelands using the key regional transport and freight route of Thunderbolts Way.

Mr Marshall was recently taken on a tour of the site for the new bridge by Uralla Shire Council representatives and Bundarra community members and received a briefing on the progress of the work.

“It’s exciting to see the survey pegs in the ground and progress being made – after such a strong community effort, the new bridge will soon be a reality,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Bundarra community and the Uralla Council have worked hard to get this new bridge and they are to be commended for their efforts and their many years of lobbying.”

Mr Marshall said the higher two-lane bridge replacing the low level one-way bridge over the Gwydir River would reduce the impact of flooding and provide a one-in-50-year flood immunity to the region.

“Thunderbolts Way is the only direct transport route between the towns of Bundurra, Bingara, Warialda and Inverell in the west, through to Armidale and beyond, including the Armidale Airport,” Mr Marshall said.

“The upgrade will be invaluable if flooding should occur as at present the only detour adds 95 kilometres to the journey requiring travel via Glenn Innes.

“The upgrade is especially important for emergency services and the local school bus which runs into the major education centre of Armidale.

“Designs for the preferred option for the new bridge have been selected and onsite geotechnical investigations completed.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will finalise the geotechnical investigations report before expressions of interest are called for a review of environmental factors.

“The upgrade is essential to the area to maintain traffic flow on Thunderbolts Way, a major B-double approved route traversing the Uralla Shire with about 550 vehicles using it each day.

“This next step in the upgrade is great news for locals, country motorists and heavy vehicle operators alike and I thank the community for their continued involvement.

“I also would like to acknowledge Uralla Shire Council for its excellent work on the project so far, working so well with the community and RMS since the funding was announced in May this year.”

Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce said it was great to see work under way and was hoping to see the first sod turned early next year.

“It’s great to see progress being made; this new crossing will not only benefit the community but the whole region,” Cr Pearce said.

MEDIA: Adam Marshall 0429 440 054 or 02 6772 5552

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