Building more bridges: Timber to concrete

ABOVE: Richmond Valley Council general manager Vaughan Macdonald, deputy mayor Steve Morrissey, State MP Chris Gulaptis, mayor Robert Mustow and Minister Sam Farraway at the Reynolds Rd bridge in Casino. Photo: Contributed.

New bridges are being built – three in Kyogle and two in Richmond Valley.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway was in both LGAs today, Wednesday, November 30 to announce more than $14 million will go to five councils in the Northern Rivers to replace 14 old timber bridges with concrete structures.

“We know many ageing timber bridges are susceptible to damage during natural disasters and extreme weather events. That’s why we are replacing them with modern materials that will make them more resilient and easier to maintain,” Mr Farraway said.

“Some bridges that have been replaced under this program withstood recent floods and continued to provide safe access for communities – had they still been made of timber, they would likely have been badly damaged or destroyed.”

Lismore mayor Steve Krieg, Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow, unidentified guest, State MP Chris Gulaptis, Kyogle mayor Kylie Thomas, Minister Sam Farraway and unidentified guest.

Richmond Valley Council

Lollback Bridge – Old Lawrence Rd, Busbys Flat, $583,902

Reynolds Road Bridge – Reynolds Rd, Casino, $1,285,800

Kyogle Council

Bridge 11-516 – Babyl Creek Rd, Woolnsers Arm, $550,142

Bridge 138-16359 Duck Creek Rd – Upper Duck Creek, $601,013

Bridge 134-28260 Paddys Flat Rd – Paddys Flat, $1,802,794

Lismore City Council

Fernside Bridge – Fernside Rd, Fernside, $1,630,958

The bridges are being repaired under the State Government’s Fixing Country Bridges Program.

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