BRIDGES COULD BE FAST-TRACKED IN TAMWORTH ELECTORATE UNDER
COUNTRY BRIDGE SOLUTIONS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has said the replacement of old council-owned timber bridges in the Tamworth electorate could be fast-tracked as part of the NSW Government’s new, innovative program Country Bridge Solutions.
Mr Anderson said this is a great initiative which delivers a standard bridge design making it easier and cheaper for NSW councils to replace old and worn structures.
“Many councils struggle with both the design and engineering aspects of replacing an old bridge and this ‘cookie cutter’ method will help councils in our region design and build new bridges on local roads.
“We want to help councils get more ‘bang for their buck’ by providing smart, cost-effective bridge building solutions,” Mr Anderson said.
RMS has developed an initial design for a pre-stressed concrete modular bridge system to deliver structures with a maximum span length of 12 metres; dimensions which suit the vast majority of old timber bridges in the state.
“Councils in the Tamworth electorate can nominate timber bridges they would like replaced as a high priority.
“The NSW Government will work closely with regional councils to develop a detailed inventory on the condition of nominated timber bridges and then generate a priority list focused on improving road safety and removing road freight pinch points,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The NSW Government expects the inventory of council nominated timber bridges to be finalised by the end of January 2015.