Works start on new bridge at Gooloogong

6 September 2013

Works start on new bridge at Gooloogong

The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, and The Nationals Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, have welcomed the start of work this month to build a new wider, safer bridge over the Lachlan River on Nanima Road at Gooloogong which will replace the existing Holman Bridge.

Katrina said the new nine span concrete bridge will be two lanes wide and allow traffic to travel in both directions on the bridge.

“The new bridge will be stronger and wider improving safety for motorists and will also reduce future maintenance costs,” Katrina said.

“When completed, the bridge will be eight and half metres wide, 252 metres long and built downstream of the existing bridge which will be demolished once the new bridge is finished.

“The project represents a significant investment in local infrastructure in the central west by the NSW Government,” Katrina said.

The existing Holman Bridge will remain operational while the new bridge is being built.

Mr Grant said the work starting this month is being delivered as part of the $290 million NSW Government Bridges for the Bush program.

“The current single lane bridge is being replaced with a higher bridge on a new alignment to reduce maintenance costs and accommodate Higher Mass Limit standards for heavy vehicles needing to travel on Nanima Road,” Mr Grant said.

“Nelmac Pty Ltd was awarded the contract to build the bridge and has started setting up the site in preparation for work to start on 16 September, weather permitting.”

Work to build the new bridge is expected to be completed by October 2014, weather permitting.

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 deficient bridges on state managed roads and 12 timber truss bridges on state, regional and local roads.

The program also aims to significantly reduce ongoing maintenance costs for these bridges.
Media: David White 6226 3311, 0426 451 510, (Member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson) Briony Ferguson 68823577 (Member for Dubbo Troy Grant)

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Works start on new bridge at Gooloogong

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