Bridges receive funding for upgrades

INVESTMENT: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Member for Hume Angus Taylor discussing the successful Hume projects announced under Round 3 of the Coalition’s Bridges Renewal Program.
INVESTMENT: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Member for Hume Angus Taylor discussing the successful Hume projects announced under Round 3 of the Coalition’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Two bridges in the Goullburn district will be upgraded or replaced thanks to a $1.64 million investment under the Coalition Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor announced this week the following projects were successful under the latest round (*Federal contribution):

·         Nadgigomar Creek Bridge Replacement (Goulburn Mulwaree Council) - $712,807

·         Kiamma Creek Bridge Upgrade (Upper Lachlan Shire) - $450,000.                    

“This investment is another clear signal that the Coalition Government is serious about delivering social and economic benefits for local communities in regional areas,” Mr Taylor said.

“It’s fantastic that nine projects in Hume have now received more than $8.69 million in funding under The Bridges Renewal Program.

“It means safer travelling for motorists, jobs in construction, more efficient freight and stock transport and more tourism and economic opportunities.”

The Nadgigomar Creek Bridge Replacement will involve the construction of a new two-lane bridge and the realignment of approaches to alleviate flooding. Upon completion, this project will lead to improved safety and traffic efficiency for heavy and passenger vehicles travelling along Oallen Ford Road.

The Kiamma Creek Bridge is a low level, narrow, timber, 112 year old bridge on MR248E, which is the key access route for cars and heavy vehicles between the north and south of the Upper Lachlan Shire.

Mr Taylor said the upgrade project would replace the timber bridge with a concrete culvert bridge, realign the approach road, improve drainage and landscape the finished area.

He said the Federal Coalition’s infrastructure investment in Hume was significant, with more than $2.5 billion contributed or committed since it came to government in 2013. This includes:

·         $2.38 billion under the Investment Road and Rail Program

·         $57.47 million in Roads To Recovery funding

·         $48.75 million in Financial Assistance Grant program funding

·         $12.68 million in Black Spot Program funding

·         $11 million under National Stronger Regions Fund, and

·         $3.6 million under the heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

The $162.53 million funding for Round 3 of The Bridges Renewal Program was in addition to the $216 million committed under the first two rounds.

The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents. For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.