Bridge building blitz for Dungog Shire

10 September 2021

A $16 million construction blitz will begin next month to replace 23 ageing timber bridges across Dungog Shire.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the bridges would be replaced by safer, modern concrete structures that were more resilient to natural disaster under the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program.

“These bridges will be an absolute game changer, improving connectivity for locals and freight and providing safer, stronger assets that will serve generations to come,” Mr Toole said.

“The construction work will kick off shortly, providing both job creation and upskilling opportunities for the Council’s workforce.”

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the Council had already funded $3 million worth of pre-construction work and awarded tenders to replace Archinal Bridge, Mary Carlton’s Bridge and Bruxner Bridge.

“Replacing these three ageing timber bridges means improved community connections to schools, towns and jobs, allowing easier movement of freight and ensuring emergency services reach their destination as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Layzell said.

“Timber bridges in this area have a great history and have served us well but the new concrete structures will improve connectivity and deliver better outcomes for road safety.”

Dungog Mayor John Connors said in the coming months, locals will also see work get underway on a further two bridges with the Council planning to go to tender to replace Saxby’s Bridge and Hopson's Bridge.

"I'm extremely pleased to see work on this critical infrastructure project underway, providing improved connections within our shire and to the broader region,” Cr Connors said.

Fixing Country Bridges is a grant-based program in which councils apply for funding to replace timber bridges on council owned and managed roads in rural and regional NSW. For more information on Fixing Country Bridges visit: nswroads.work/fixingcountrybridges.

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