NEW BRIDGE AT TABULAM
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today announced improved traffic flow and safety for motorists is a step closer with plans progressing for the new bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam.
The plans will now be investigated by GHD after they were awarded a tender.
The $24 million replacement will lift heavy vehicles restrictions on the bridge as part of the NSW Government’s $145 million Bridges for the Bush upgrade program.
Mr George said benefits of the new Tabulam Bridge would include improving traffic flow and safety for motorists using the Bruxner Highway around Tabulam. In addition, the new bridge will reduce the need for full closures during future maintenance.
“The project will include investigations for a new bridge location and the demolition of the existing bridge,” Mr George said.
“Geotechnical, hydrological, hydraulic, environmental and heritage investigations, traffic and noise modelling, urban design, the identification of practical crossing options and the display of a preferred concept option will also be carried out.
“Community consultation will be an important part of the project. RMS would like to know what issues are significant to the community and stakeholders when planning the new bridge crossing.
“The first step will be to hold information sessions and provide the community with an opportunity to meet the project team.
“The team will then prepare bridge crossing options for public feedback. It is anticipated this display will take place later this year with a preferred option being determined by 2014.
“The contract will be delivered in close consultation with the Kyogle and Tenterfield Shire councils and the surrounding Tabulam community.
“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring the Tabulam community is provided with a new structurally sound and safe bridge which services the needs of local and through traffic,” Mr George said.
The Bridges for the Bush initiative is a commitment from NSW Government to improve road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges across the next five years at 17 key locations in regional NSW to improve critical freight access.
Bridges for the Bush includes replacing or upgrading five key priority higher mass limit (HML) deficient bridges on state managed roads and 12 timber truss bridges on state, regional and local roads.
For more information on the Bridges to the Bush Program visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au