Six Kyogle Shire Bridges renewed

Media Release

MM058/2018

15 May 2018

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan MP

Federal Member for Page

Cr Danielle Mulholland

Mayor
Kyogle Council

It is a sensational six for communities around the Kyogle Shire today, with five upgraded bridges opened on Gradys Creek Road, and another on Lions Road, all funded under the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the $3.95 million investment saw Kyogle Council's bridge crews, with the help of piling and concreting sub-contractors, build five new composite-fibre bridges on Gradys Creek Road and one new steel truss bridge on Lions Road.

“All six upgraded bridges are dual-lane structures and are higher than the old, single-lane timber bridges they replaced, providing local residents, freight carriers and tourists with far safer and much more reliable access to the Shire, particularly during and after heavy rains,” Mr McCormack said.

“The upgraded bridges deliver increased load limits, improving safety for motorists and providing greater certainty to local farmers and business operators in the Gradys Creek area.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the project was the biggest bridge renewal project Council had undertaken since it replaced nine bridges on the Clarence Way in 2008–2009.

“The renewal projects have been ongoing since January 2017 and were disrupted by one of the worst floods in local history,” Mr Hogan said.

“When the final bridge was completed and the road re-opened to all through traffic on 6 April this year, Council, residents and motorists alike were relieved and delighted.”

Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said as well as providing improved access for local residents and business, the new bridges had the potential to boost tourism.

“The route also is much safer for the school bus run and the new bridges will drastically reduce the Council's maintenance costs,” Cr Mulholland said. The upgrades were jointly funded by the Australian Government and Kyogle Council.

For more information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit
investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx.