Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, announced today that works are well underway on the $1.1 million Bergen Bridge widening project.


“As one of the most heavily used roads in the Walcha area, it is important that we remove the constraints of the current bridge, which only allows one lane of traffic to pass at a time,” Mr Anderson said.


“By increasing the width of the bridge by almost three metres we are making significant safety improvements as well as increasing efficiency along Thunderbolts Way, a key freight route for cattle and grain heading to markets in northern NSW and Queensland.”


The existing bridge on Thunderbolts Way will be closed from 13 February until late April to allow for construction works to take place on the bridge structure, with other works on the project already underway.


A bypass track will be in use during this time to ensure the safety of passing motorists and the construction workers.


The Bergen Bridge Widening Project received $500,000 in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program and $500,000 in funding under the Rural and Regional Road Fund. 


An additional $100,000 is also being provided by Walcha Council who are delivering the bridge widening project.


The trees that are currently obstructing sight distances will also be removed as part of this project and the safety of the Bergen Road intersection will be significantly improved. 


Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said that this was just another example of the NSW Government investing in regional areas and collaborating with Council in order to ensure positive outcomes for people living and working in the Tamworth region.


“The Fixing Country Roads program has been put in place to provide targeted funding to Councils to help remove connectivity constraints on local roads, supporting better freight movements in regional areas and reducing the cost to market for local businesses,” Ms Pavey said.


The NSW Government has committed $500 million to the Fixing Country Roads program, to be delivered over multiple funding rounds.

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