Bridges for the Bush program provides $500,000 for planning to replace Gee Gee Bridge

10 March 2015

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to replace the Gee Gee Bridge across the Wakool River on the Swan Hill to Deniliquin Road, 37 kilometres east of Swan Hill.

A spokesperson said Roads and Maritime provided $500,000 this year for planning under the Bridges for the Bush program.

“Wakool Shire Council, on behalf of Roads and Maritime, has started planning for a new bridge which will become a council asset once completed,” the spokesperson said.

“This includes choosing a location for the new bridge, completing design work and carrying out environmental assessment. Planning for the new bridge should be finished by the end of this year.

“The project is part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program which aims to improve road freight productivity and improve safety and access for all road users.

“The new bridge will be a wider, two-lane concrete crossing to support expected future heavy vehicle traffic demands, including B doubles and farm machinery.”

The spokesperson said as a separate activity, Roads and Maritime is working to get approval to demolish the existing State Heritage listed 1929 Dare type timber truss bridge. Removing the old bridge would happen after the new bridge was built.

“In the meantime, maintenance work will continue on the existing bridge to ensure it continues to service the local area.”

“The existing bridge has a single traffic lane and vehicles give way to oncoming traffic. It has been identified for replacement under the Timber Truss Bridge Strategy, which was endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW in August 2012.

“The route is a strategic freight route in NSW and is also an alternative freight route between Wagga Wagga and Swan Hill.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to inform and consult with community and stakeholders about this project.”

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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