Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that the assessment of 12 bridges across the Gunnedah Shire Council area has now been completed.


“We are pleased to see this project completed, as it will help create a more efficient and productive road network for the Gunnedah Shire region,” Mr Anderson said.


“The NSW Government is committed to funding road and bridge projects that provide better connections between local roads to state highways and key freight hubs, and so we are proud to have funded this $141,000 project.”


This project involved level 2 and level 3 assessments of bridges across the region to test whether they could support heavier vehicles.


These assessments were funded in their entirety by the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program.


Mr Anderson said that these assessments will provide a significant boost to regional industries.


“Freight is worth $60 billion to the NSW economy, and so we want to ensure that regional areas have the necessary infrastructure to allow this industry to continue growing.


“Bridge assessments are such a fantastic way of stimulating growth within this industry, as they are low-cost and allow regional communities to optimise the efficiency of routes for higher mass limit vehicles.


“This project will enable B-Double trucks to transport freight across the area, allowing local industries to increase their freight volume and cut their transport costs.”


Mr Anderson said this was another example of the NSW Government improving regional connectivity through targeted investments into vital infrastructure projects.


“Over $500 million has been committed to the Fixing Country Roads program over multiple funding rounds.


“This investment has slashed the cost to market for local businesses and reduced maintenance costs for ratepayers and regional councils, like Gunnedah Shire Council, all over the state.”


These bridge assessments were managed by Gunnedah Shire Council.

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