Fixing Country Bridges Program

Bellingen Shire Bridge

Fixing Country Bridges is a $500 million NSW Government program that aims to create a new legacy for our local road network, enabling councils to replace hundreds of timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities.

Local councils in regional NSW currently maintain more than 1800 timber bridges across NSW, some of which were built in the 1940s and 1950s. The program aims to reduce the maintenance and renewal burden on councils and improve accessibility for local and regional communities.

Bridges play a vital role in regional NSW, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services such as hospitals and schools. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.

The aim of the Fixing Country Bridges program is to create a new legacy for our local road network, enabling councils to replace hundreds of timber bridges in poor condition and better connect regional and rural communities.

The NSW Government Fixing Country Bridges Program, together with the Fixing Local Roads Program will contribute $1 billion to support local government to effectively manage their respective road and timber bridge assets.

Round 1

Round 1 saw 53 councils secure $282 million in funding to replace more than 400 timber bridges.

All projects within the Fixing Country Bridges program will be delivered by councils. Councils are required to commence construction of their bridge projects within the next 12 months and complete them by June 2023.

Round 2

It is expected that Round 2 of the Fixing Country Bridges program will be announced later this year.

Have a question?

If you have any questions please email the Fixing Country Bridges team on fixingcountrybridges@transport.nsw.gov.au.

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10 September 2021

Bridge building blitz for Dungog Shire

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11 February 2021

New bridge to better connect Awaba

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5 February 2021

Replacing bridges to better connect regional NSW

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21 August 2020

Applications now open to fix country bridges

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