Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Sister bridge on the way for Orange

Media Release


30 June 2017

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

John Davis


Tenders are now open to deliver a second bridge at East Fork to ensure safe passage for heavy vehicles travelling through the south end of the Orange CBD.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new bridge at Forest Road would duplicate the existing bridge, turning each into a one-way road and eliminating the need for heavy vehicles to cross paths.

“The Australian Government is investing $1.25 million in this project under our Bridges Renewal Programme, which is upgrading local bridges around the nation to keep regional businesses and communities connected and thriving,” Mr Chester said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said construction of the second bridge would take about 12 months and require intermittent bridge closures.

“The end result will make travelling through Orange much safer for all drivers. We are confident we can work with the tenderer to ensure unrestricted two-way traffic will be maintained for as long as practical during construction and keep the full closure of the bridge down to the minimum number of days,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said at present, the existing two-way bridge could not safely support two heavy vehicles trying to turn into the tight bend, risking crashes and blockages along the south entry to the CBD.

“The new bridge will make it much easier for large transport vehicles to travel through Orange, better supporting business in the region, while increasing driver safety,” Mr Gee said.

Orange Mayor John Davis said signage would be in place during construction, while regular media alerts and social media notifications would keep people informed of detour routes and closure of the bridge.

“Additionally, main users of the road such as Orange Health Service and Cadia Valley Operations will be notified of during traffic diversions. Pedestrians will be able to cross the existing bridge while it remains open,” Cr Davis said.

Work is expected to begin in late September after tenders close on Wednesday 9 August 2017. The $2.5 million project, managed by Orange City Council, has received $1.25 million under the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme and $1.25 million under the NSW Government's Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program.