The replacement of the dilapidated Lanes Bridge at Bowraville is now complete, with the Australian government joining Nambucca Shire Council for the official opening today.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the new Lanes Bridge had secured the viability of Rodeo Drive as a regional transport route for many decades to come.
“More than 90-years-old, in poor condition and prone to flooding, Lanes Bridge was closed for an average of 16 days per year,” Ms Pavey said.
“The replacement concrete bridge has two lanes, a dedicated pedestrian and cycle path, improved approaches, and importantly, a raised deck for better flood immunity.”
The $2.7 million project was awarded $1 million from the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, $500,000 from Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads and $200,000 in NSW Government regional road funding. Nambucca Shire Council also contributed $1 million to the project.
Ms Pavey said ensuring the reliability and safety of regional freight networks was a key priority for the government.
“These regional freight links are what keep our state moving – moving food from paddock to plate and providing key connections for our communities,” Ms Pavey said.
“Projects like the Lanes Bridge upgrade, boost freight productivity, while also making our roads safer and more reliable for everyone.
“I’d like to congratulate Nambucca Shire Council for delivering this important project.”
Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban OAM said the completion of this project had delivered far more than new infrastructure at Bowraville.
“At 60 metres in length and containing 950 tonnes of concrete, the Lanes Bridge replacement is the largest civil infrastructure project ever undertaken by Council’s day labour workforce,” she said.
“I thank the Federal Government and NSW Government for their investment in this bridge as it has built far more than a 60 metre concrete deck. It has built the skills and confidence of our staff and has given us the drive to deliver more infrastructure projects in-house, ultimately saving our ratepayers money.”
For enquiries please contact the Mayor, Rhonda Hoban on 65695556 or 0408 661 412 or Acting General Manager, Robert Hunt on 65680227 or 0427 293 941.
AUTHORISED BY ROBERT HUNT
ACTING GENERAL MANAGER
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