The NSW Government is providing $500,000 to investigate options for replacing the Warroo Bridge with a new concrete bridge. The bridge is located over the Lachlan River on Warroo Bridge Road, 46 kilometres west of Forbes.
The Warroo Bridge was built in 1909 and is in poor condition due to age. It is narrow and is not suitable for use by modern day heavy vehicles with a Higher Mass Limit (HML) load.
The Warroo Bridge is one of two bridge crossings of the Lachlan River, linking the Lachlan Valley Way to the Henry Parkes Way between the towns of Forbes and Condobolin. The distance between these towns is 100 kilometres and if the bridge is closed for maintenance, heavy vehicle customers are faced with an up to 93 kilometre detour to travel from one side of the bridge to the other.
The Warroo Bridge was on the list of NSW timber truss bridges to be preserved but after a review of the conservation list of bridges developed in 2012, the bridge will be removed and replaced with a new concrete bridge which will increase load capacity, improve wide vehicle access, improve safety and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
- Longer lasting, stronger bridge with a smoother ride
- Improving road user safety through wider travel lanes and improved road approaches
- Reduced ongoing maintenance costs