TRIAL SITE ANNOUNCED AS COUNTRY BRIDGE SOLUTIONS PROGRAM PROGRESSES
Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore, today announced Tenterfield Shire will host the first bridge to be built in an innovative new project which aims to significantly improve the viability and cost effectiveness of replacing bridges in regional NSW.
Mr George said Roads and Maritime Services is collaborating with local councils through the Country Bridge Solutions program to find a cost effective means to replace bridges on regional and local roads.
“Across the state a growing number of ageing bridges represent significant maintenance costs to councils,” Mr George said.
“The Country Bridge Solutions project team is producing guides for bridge investigation, design, construction and management. When these guides are finalised they will be available online, enabling local councils to build their own replacement bridges.
“Through a series of workshops and continuing discussions with councils, Roads and Maritime has developed a suite of standard bridge designs which could be used across multiple council areas where bridges may need replacing.
“This bridge design approach would deliver bridges with spans of up to 12 metres and the parts could be manufactured in bulk to reduce building costs by up to 15 per cent.
“The standard bridge designs are suitable for heavy vehicles travelling between regional centres and are now ready to be trialled.
“A site on Mount Lindesay Road in Tenterfield Shire Council area has been selected with the trial bridge to replace the existing crossing over Bookookoorara Creek.
“The existing crossing was identified for replacement through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.”
Mr George said the trial bridge will be funded by all three levels of government and local council representatives from across the state will be invited to visit the site to see the bridge being built first-hand.
“The trial bridge construction will be used to refine the standardised designs and to develop a framework to deliver bridge replacement projects to ensure suitability for a wide range of sites,” Mr George said.
“Site specific investigations are currently underway to finalise the drawings to be used in the construction of the trial bridge.”
For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.