$1.6 million to replace key bridge between Wauchope and Comboyne

Media Release

DC347/2017

07 November 2017

Joint release with:

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Member for Oxley

Peta Pinson

Mayor Port Macquarie Hastings Council

David Gillespie

Federal Member for Lyne

Local residents, business owners and visitors to Comboyne can look forward to a safer and more reliable journey in the coming months, with work set to begin on the $1.6 million Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the existing timber bridge would be demolished and replaced with a reinforced concrete bridge that includes new guard rails, a smooth asphalt road surface and traffic signage.

“The existing Bulli Creek Bridge has connected the communities of Comboyne and Wauchope and been a significant freight route for local industries for over 60 years, but clearly the bridge has now reached the end of its lifespan. The new concrete bridge will improve safety, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and ensure the longevity of the bridge for generations to come,” Mr Chester said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement was a $1.6 million project, jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments and to be delivered by Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

“It is fantastic to see all levels of government working together on projects like this to improve our local road network and ensure the best results for our community,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said that during the works Comboyne Road would occasionally close to allow the safe demolition of the existing bridge and installation of the new concrete structure, with detours in place.

“Pre-construction works including vegetation clearing and shoulder widening will begin in the coming weeks at Bulli Creek Bridge with speed reductions and traffic controls in place,” Dr Gillespie said.

Port Macquarie Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said Council would invest more than $2 million to replace bridges along Comboyne Road this financial year, with Hyndmans Creek Bridge already complete, and Harty's Creek Bridge scheduled for replacement in 2018.

“The existing Bulli Creek Bridge is single lane, and will be upgraded to two lanes providing benefit to the dairy and avocado industries and other agriculture in the Comboyne plateau area. Council thanks the local community for their cooperation and patience during the bridge replacement works, and for the ongoing commitment to working with Council to improve the safety of our region's roads and bridges,” Cr Pinson said.

The Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement is due for completion by mid-2018.

Note

To minimise impact to the community, the bridge substructure work will be completed while Comboyne Road is open to traffic, with speed reductions and traffic control in place at the work zone.

A short 10 day shutdown of Comboyne Road, tentatively scheduled for March 2018, is required to complete the bridge, with demolition of the existing bridge, installation of concrete girders, asphalt and road approach works occurring during the shutdown.

Bagnoo Road and Lorne Road will be utilised as detour routes during the shutdown. Traffic control and minor improvements will be carried out on Bagnoo Road to ensure the road can accommodate the increased traffic. Heavy vehicles will be directed to use Lorne Road during this period.