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Freight boosted with NSW wooden bridge replacement

The New South Wales Government has replaced the wooden Sexton Bridge in Monaltrie with a new concrete structure, as part of the Fixing Country Bridges Program.

The new bridge was officially opened by Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, and Lismore City Mayor, Steve Krieg, on 25 November – after receiving $11 million in funding from the NSW Government.

The 16.1m x 7.2m single-span concrete structure was designed and constructed to achieve a 100-year lifespan while improving flood immunity and safety for local farmers and truck drivers.

The bridge was the fourth of 10 ageing wooden bridges replaced under the Fixing Country Bridges Program, which Farraway said will benefit heavy vehicles and the transport industry.

“With each bridge replaced, we’re opening up more efficient routes for heavy vehicles from freight to the local school bus,” he said.

“Improving access for locals, farmers and freight companies helps them to reduce costs.”

Lismore Council has its own bridge construction and maintenance crew which was responsible for replacing the Sexton Bridge.

This crew has the knowledge and experience to deliver construction projects as well as maintaining existing timber bridge networks.

Member for Lismore, Janelle Saffin, congratulated Council’s Capital Works Engineer, Steve Bennetts, and the bridge crew on this project.

“The new Sexton Bridge at Monaltrie is a major improvement for local motorists who use Gundurimba Road as an access road in and out of Lismore,” she said.

“Bridges connect people to services and community.”

“I look forward to six more timber bridges being replaced with concrete structures under the Fixing Country Bridges program.”

In other news, the Australian Government is investing over $39 million towards 18 projects under the Bridges Renewable Program, as part of its ongoing commitment of $85 million each year.

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