The NSW Government is investing $17 million to build a new bridge on Thunderbolts Way over the Barrington River to improve safety and reliability for motorists, including freight.
FEB 2019Construction commences
Construction of the new bridge started in February 2019. We will be working between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday. The project is expected to be completed by June 2020, weather permitting.
Barrington Bridge was built in 1920 and is located on Thunderbolts Way, which is an important freight link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands serving tourism, livestock and timber industries.
The bridge is one of the bridges identified for replacement in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW.
The strategy was developed to address the long term management of these structures and aims to establish a balance between infrastructure provision and heritage conservation. The strategy was displayed for stakeholder and community comment in 2011. The feedback received was considered in finalising the strategy and identifying bridges for replacement and conservation.
In March 2018, Roads and Maritime prepared and publicly displayed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the construction of the new bridge. Following consideration of submissions from the community the REF was determined. Both the REF and the REF submissions report are available to view from the project documents section below.
Construction of a new bridge would improve road freight productivity, improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians and ensure the traffic needs of the community in the Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding areas are met.
Review of Environmental Factors (REF)
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: (02) 4908 7601 (business hours – Gavin Jenkins, Project Manager)
Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300