WORKS COMPLETE FOR BERGEN BRIDGE AND FLAGS NIANGALA BRIDGE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced completion of works on the $1.1 million Bergen Bridge widening project, and the $305,000 Flags Niangala Bridge replacement project.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government is committed to boosting regional industries through targeted investments into key road and bridge upgrades.
“We are therefore proud to have contributed $500,000 to the Bergen Bridge project, and $152,500 to the Flags Niangala Bridge project through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program.”
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 3.5 metre lanes, allowing two vehicles to pass each other at the same time.
The Flags Niangala Bridge project involved replacing the former one-lane timber structure with a wider one-lane concrete bridge. Unlike the previous bridge, the new bridge will be capable of supporting Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.
The Bergen Bridge Widening project was partly funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with a further $500,000 provided by the Roads and Maritime Services Regional Roads REPAIR Program and $100,000 provided by Walcha Council.
The Flags Niangala Bridge Replacement project was also partly funded by the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with an additional $152,500 provided by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Walcha Shire Mayor Eric Noakes said both bridge upgrades will have significant benefits on the local freight industry.
“A wider Bergen Bridge will lead to increased productivity for freight operators in the area who, moving forward, will be able to use larger vehicles with bigger haulage capacities,” Cr Noakes said.
“As for the Flags Niangala Bridge, HML vehicles will have access to a previously inaccessible route as the new concrete structure will now be capable of supporting heavier vehicles.”
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, said that the wider community will also see huge benefits from the Bergen Bridge and the Flags Niangala Bridge projects.
“These projects improve safety, efficiency and productivity for both regional industry and the wider community, supporting economic growth in our regional heartland,” Mr Anderson said.
“Both bridge upgrades will lead to better conditions for all road users – both freight vehicles and passenger vehicles alike.”