New London Street Bridge won't be falling down!
20 November 2017
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Grey
- Port Lincoln's London Street Bridge officially opens to traffic
- Unrestricted mass limit will help drive efficiencies for local freight companies
- $4.48 million project jointly funded by the Australian Government and City of Port Lincoln Council
The new London Street Bridge in Port Lincoln is now officially open, providing a safer crossing for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and a more productive bridge for freight operators.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program was replacing and upgrading 387 key bridges around the country connecting communities, improving road safety and creating jobs.
“The new bridge has an increased weight capacity, which means freight can be moved safely across the bridge to port and to other destinations throughout the state, and that will benefit local businesses and jobs,” Mr Chester said.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he had fought hard for the new bridge knowing the old bridge was nearing the end of its useful life and replacement was essential.
“A safe and convenient path across the railway line in that part of the city is essential. The new London Street Bridge provides a reliable, direct and integrated route between Port Lincoln CBD and Kirton Point and importantly raises the level of separation between pedestrians and the traffic,” Mr Ramsey said.
Mayor of City of Port Lincoln Brian Green said the replacement of the London Street Bridge would reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
“It has significantly improved transport links within the region, ensuring motorists can get from A to B quickly. The City of Port Lincoln is most appreciative of the funding received under the Bridges Renewal Program, which enabled the much needed upgrade to proceed,” Mayor Green said.
Construction of the bridge started in mid-2017 and was completed earlier this month. The Australian Government had invested $2.24 million in the bridge replacement project and the City of Port Lincoln $2.24 million.
For further information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx