Renewal Of Lanes Bridge, Bowraville
The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, has announced the existing timber Lanes Bridge at Bowraville will be replaced with a new, two lane, 8.2m wide concrete bridge with pedestrian path and improved approaches.
Mrs Pavey said the project will be conducted with Nambucca Shire Council and will greatly enhance traffic flows during flood periods.
“Lane Bridge is a timber bridge that is over 90 years old and the last major rehabilitation took place over 26 years ago. It is heavily affected by flooding and on average is closed for 16 days per year.
“The bridge requires emergency repairs and temporary speed load limits after each flooding event, and it is estimated that following the replacement, bridge closures will reduce from 16 down to just 5 days per year.
“The new bridge will also provide safety benefits due to a wider surface, a pedestrian path and improved approaches for all the local traffic, including 500,000 tonnes of dairy, beef cattle, grain and agricultural services and general freight,” she said.
The NSW Government has set aside more than $1 billion for regional road and rail projects under its Fixing Country Roads, Fixing Country Rail, and Bridges for the Bush programs.
Current heavy vehicle movements at Lanes Bridge are estimated at 43,750 annually.
“Also, importantly, Council should see a reduction in maintenance costs of 97%, and the community should see the project generate 8 full time jobs during construction,” Mrs Pavey said.
The Total Project Cost is $2,000,000, which consists of contributions from:
NSW Government Fixing Country Roads Program Funding: $500,000
Council Funding: $500,000
NSW Government Bridges Renewal Programme Round 3: $1,000,000