Following a $4.4 million upgrade, the new Shingle Hill Way Bridge near Gundaroo, New South Wales, has officially opened.
The ageing 25-metre bridge was replaced by a new, 45-metre crossing with a 166-tonne load limit and increased lifespan.
The project also included upgrades to approximately 800 metres of road approaching the bridge to improve horizontal alignment.
The new structure has improved flood resilience due to increased bridge height and is designed to better withstand being hit with debris, speeding up the ability to re-open the crossing after floods.
With an increased load capacity, these upgrades will improve freight efficiency and productivity in the region.
NSW Minister for Regional Roads and Transport, Jenny Aitchison, said the state’s road networks need to meet current and future demand as regional communities grow.
“We want our regional roads to be resilient and reliable, which is why we’ll continue to support councils progress projects that create jobs and unlock economic growth and productivity,” she said.
“This upgrade has been welcomed by people in Gundaroo and surrounding communities and I know they are looking forward to the lasting benefits this will bring.”
The Australian Government contributed $800,000 to this project under the Bridges Renewal Program, with the New South Wales Government investing $3.6 million under the Fixing Country Roads Program.
In other news, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has launched the interactive Pavement Impact Comparison Calculator for consultation, to enable road managers to understand the long-term pavement effects of freight activity on roads.
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