Road users will reap the benefits of a replacement of Allison Bridge on the Black Stump Way near Coolah, with works now complete.
Member for the Parkes electorate Mark Coulton joined with Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor Denis Todd to officially open the bridge today.
“I am pleased that with funding from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme as well as the State Government, Warrumbungle Shire Council has been able to complete this important bridge upgrade,” Mr Coulton said.
“Black Stump Way is a key regional road providing a vital link for communities in my electorate. This upgrade means Allison Bridge can now accommodate larger vehicles like B-double trucks, which in turn supports local industry.
“This is a positive investment in the region’s infrastructure and economy.”
Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd, said heavy vehicles frequent Black Stump Way.
“The average daily traffic count of 750 vehicles using this bridge includes around 190 heavy vehicles. Black Stump Way is also regularly used by school buses, visitors and tourists, commercial traffic and our local farmers, and is an extremely important road in our shire,” Cr Todd said.
“Council recognises how important it is to improve our local bridges in order to improve freight productivity throughout the shire, as well as to create access for heavy vehicles to our local communities.
“The replacement bridge is now two metres wider and has removed a 60-kilometre detour for heavy vehicles travelling along Black Stump Way. All heavy vehicles can now use the new bridge.
“We would like to thank the Federal and State Government for the support provided to complete these important works.”
The $2 million Allison Bridge Replacement Project received $965,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme, and $965,000 from the State Government.
The Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia’s local bridges and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater road efficiencies.
Mark Coulton – Anna Tickle – 0400 050 729
Warrumbungle Shire Council – Mayor Denis Todd 02 6849 2000