Have your say on Barrington Bridge replacement near Gloucester

11 December 2015

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is inviting the community to provide feedback to Roads and Maritime Services on the proposed alignment for the replacement of Barrington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way near Gloucester.

Mr Johnsen said the proposal to replace the bridge was first presented to the community in 2011 as part of the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Conservation Strategy.

“The NSW Government had allocated $750,000 this financial year to plan this project which will improve safety and reliability of the Barrington River crossing,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Replacing the existing timber bridge aims to reduce long term maintenance costs, improve road freight productivity and meet the changing traffic needs of our communities in Barrington, Gloucester and the surrounding areas.

“Proposed work involves building a new concrete bridge next to the existing timber structure, providing a pedestrian footpath on the northern side of the new bridge and removing the existing Allan timber truss bridge once the new bridge is completed.”

Mr Johnsen said detailed surveys have been carried out with planned future activities to include a review of environmental factors and further technical investigations before a final decision is made on the exact location and alignment of the bridge and approaches.

“The proposed alignment allows motorists to maintain the speed limit on Thunderbolts Way and keeps the existing bridge open to traffic while the new bridge is built,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This would eliminate the need for vehicles to detour around Thunderbolts Way, which is an important local freight link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands serving the tourism, livestock and timber industries.”

Comments should be forwarded to Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300 or gavin.jenkins@rms.nsw.gov.au by Friday 5 February 2016.

“As ever, Roads and Maritime will consider all feedback and continue to keep our community updated as the project progresses,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

MEDIA: 02 6543 1065

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