Preliminary work starts on new $12.2 million Tulla

Preliminary work starts on new $12.2 million Tulladunna Bridge

9 May 2014

Preliminary work starts on new $12.2 million Tulladunna Bridge

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and the Minister for Western NSW and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced preliminary work will start on Monday, 12 May to build the new $12.2 million Tulladunna Bridge over the Namoi River.

The upgrades are part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s $145 million Bridges for the Bush program.

Mr Humphries said the replacement of the bridge on the Kamilaroi Highway was an important project to improve the state’s freight productivity.

“A strong regional economy is important for a strong NSW and ensuring rural industries can get their goods from paddock to port as quickly and as efficiently as possible is vital,” he said.

“The existing bridge, which is 1.9 kilometres west of Wee Waa, was built in 1959 but the new bridge would be able to support higher mass vehicles with no height restrictions.

“There are about 10,000 truck movements across this bridge each year,” he said.

“The new bridge will provide better access for freight trucks servicing the region's vital livestock, grain and cotton industries.

“Once completed, there will be a continuous 600 kilometre route for heavy vehicles operating at higher mass limits on the Kamilaroi Highway.

“Improved drainage along the new road approaches and bridge will also be included in the work, which is expected to be completed by June 2016, weather permitting.”

Minister Gay said the replacement of regional bridges, like the Tulladunna Bridge, as part of NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s Bridges for the Bush program was building for the future of Western NSW.

“The NSW Government recognises the critical importance of the regional road network and today our $145 million Bridges for the Bush campaign has fast-tracked these upgrades,” he said.

“We want our agricultural and rural transport industries to have new opportunities for rural and regional industries to grow.”

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s Bridges for the Bush improves road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges over five years at 17 key locations in regional NSW,” Minister Gay said.

“From Gunnedah to Kapooka, communities across regional NSW are being upgraded or repaired which have suffered from years of neglect under the former NSW Labor Government.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 5pm and on Saturday when required from 8am to 2pm.

The community will be advised when changes to traffic conditions are needed during the building of the new bridge and road approaches with speed limits of 40 km/h, 60 km/h or 80 km/h as required.

MEDIA: Siobhan McCarthy 0410 639 786 (Minister Gay)

View the original media release (PDF)

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