A NEW bridge over Coombing Creek is expected to improve freight flow in country New South Wales, west of the Blue Mountains.
The concrete Felltimber Road Bridge over Coombing Creek is officially open to traffic, replacing the old one-lane wooden structure and allowing for an increase from the previous five-tonne load limit.
Federal infrastructure minister Darren Chester said the Australian government was investing $75bn in similar infrastructure projects nationwide.
“The new Felltimber Road Bridge is just one of many projects delivered under the Bridges Renewal Programme, which the Coalition developed and implemented to help upgrade and repair bridges so communities are better connected and regional businesses can get their product to market more efficiently,” Mr Chester said.
“This project is a fantastic example of how the programme is funding superior transport infrastructure for communities right around the nation.”
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the upgrade had brought the crossing into the 21st century.
“Emergency vehicles and other heavy vehicles will now be able to use the bridge because the previous five-tonne load limit has been lifted,” Mr Gee said.
Blayney Shire Mayor Scott Ferguson said the project had improved freight efficiency by cutting travel times for farmers connecting to regional sales sites.
“The improved connections will have immediate benefits for local industry and will also be of great assistance to the entire community in the event of bushfires or other emergencies,” Mr Ferguson said.
The Commonwealth and Blayney Shire Council each committed $165,000 to the upgrade.