BERGEN BRIDGE WIDENED TO SUPPORT FREIGHT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today that works to widen Bergen Bridge have been completed, supporting traffic and freight growth along this key route.
“I’m proud the NSW Government has supported the local community of Walcha by contributing $500,000 through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program,” Mr Anderson said.
“The Fixing Country Roads program assists local councils by providing vital targeted funding to repair and upgrade regional NSW roads.
“Improving our regional roads means better connections are maintained for the long-term between state highways and key freight hubs.”
Bergen Bridge is located on Thunderbolts Way, a key freight route for cattle and grain heading to northern NSW and Queensland.
The Bridge has been widened to two lanes, allowing two vehicles to pass each other at the same time.
The upgrade has also provided significant safety upgrades on the bridge for both heavy and light vehicles.
Mr Anderson said the completion of this project is vital to support traffic growth in the local area.
“Bergen Bridge is on one of the most heavily used roads in Walcha and over the past 20 years, traffic on the road has increased fivefold.”
“This project will bring direct benefits to freight operators and industry itself.
“By being able to use larger vehicles with increased haulage capacity, freight operators will see a 10 per cent increase in productivity and savings in overhead costs.
“An efficient regional road and bridge network will also lead back to efficiencies within the freight industry itself.”
The project also received $500,000 from the Australian Government’s Regional Roads REPAIR Program funding.