New-look Frame Drive Bridge in Abermain to serve community for years to come

Media Release

DC019/2017

01 February 2017

Joint release with:

Bob Pynsent

Mayor Cessnock City Council

  • Much-anticipated replacement concrete bridge opens after original timber bridge damaged in April 2015 storm
  • $2 million from Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme helps funding project

Specialist Coalition Government funding has helped deliver a new Frame Drive Bridge in Abermain, which officially opened to traffic today.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said $2 million from the government's Bridges Renewal Programme was used to build the new bridge in partnership with Cessnock City Council.

“The original bridge was deemed unsafe after being badly damaged during storms in April 2015, forcing residents to travel through Weston, Sawyers Gully or unsealed Bathurst Street which was time consuming and inconvenient,” Mr Chester said.

“This new bridge provides a safe route that businesses and the community can rely on into the future, and is the result of hard work and advocacy from Cessnock City Council, with strong support from the Australian Government.”

Cessnock City Mayor Bob Pynsent said the replacement of the old wooden bridge with a concrete structure would service the community for years to come.

“Our community have been faced with a very difficult situation; their patience and understanding was appreciated as Council worked hard to secure a long-term, safe and suitable solution,” Cr Pynsent said.

“The new bridge has an open load limit, two-way travel and pedestrian walkways on both sides.

“Cessnock City Council has also reaffirmed its commitment to working with Roads and Maritime Services on road safety issues on surrounding access roads, in particular the Hart Road, Government Road and Gingers Lane intersection.”

Funding for the replacement of the Frame Drive structure was set aside in Council's 2015–16 budget to undertake investigation and preliminary design works, ensuring the project was shovel-ready in October 2016. More information on the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.