Australian Government renewing three bridges across ACT

Media Release


27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister

Three bridges in the ACT will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that $800,000 in federal funds will be pumped into local ACT bridges—matched by the ACT Government—to improve the territory's road network.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that the project being funded covers three critical bridges in the ACT representing a significant upgrade to the local road network.

“One bridge on Fairbairn Avenue and two bridges on the Monaro Highway will be upgraded to increase load limits, ensuring that heavy vehicle traffic continues to move efficiently throughout Canberra,” Mr Barr said.

“This project aligns well with the ACT Freight Strategy and I am delighted to see the Australian Government's continued investment in the nation's capital.”

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for more details on this project.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Australian Capital Territory

Proponent Name Project Name Project Description AG Funds ($000s) Total project cost ($000s)
Roads ACT Strengthening of bridges on the B-double network Strengthen one bridge on Fairburn Avenue and two bridges on the Monaro Highway 800 1,900