New Barrington Bridge open to traffic

29 May 2020

The new bridge over the Barrington River, built to improve safety and freight efficiency along Thunderbolts Way, is now officially open to traffic. 

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport Paul Toole said the new bridge would replace the 100-year-old original bridge, serving as an important freight and tourist link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands. 

“This is great news for the local community who now have a wider and safer bridge that will ensure the traffic needs of the Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding communities are met well into the future,” Mr Toole said. 

“The old bridge was built in 1920, and through our Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, we have delivered a project that balances up-to-date infrastructure with heritage conservation.” Member for the Upper Hunter Michael Johnson said the new 24-girder concrete bridge provides one lane in each direction, replacing the single-lane bridge. 

“Historically, the bridge has served our local tourism, livestock and timber industries and this upgrade will ensure it continues to do that more safely and efficiently for all road users,” Mr Johnsen said. 

“The Nationals in Government continue to invest in vital infrastructure projects that make a real difference to our local communities in the Upper Hunter electorate and across NSW for generations to come.” 

Construction on the new $17 million Barrington Bridge began in February 2019, and has been completed ahead of schedule due to favourable weather conditions. 

The old bridge will be removed in line with the recommendations in the Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy.  A Review of Environmental factors for the removal of the bridge is currently being prepared and will be placed on display for community comment. 

The community will be kept informed as the project progresses. For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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