190 metres of heaven
North Haven and Laurieton locals will soon enjoy better travel thanks to the new Stingray Creek Bridge, which on its completion will replace its 50 year old counterpart. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Local Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams recently visited the site of the new bridge to view the progress of the works.
The $26 million project is moving along at a cracking pace, with pylons going into the river and girders to be lifted into place over the next few months. Bridge works started in September 2015 and are projected to be completed by late 2016. Aside from a stronger, more versatile bridge, locals are also benefiting from the employment opportunities. Approximately 300 locals have been employed directly on construction or in supplying materials.
The new 190 metre bridge runs through the heart of the local area and is critical for connecting the communities of North Haven, Laurieton, West Haven and Lakewood. The new bridge will be wider and stronger, increasing diver visibility and making trips across safer.
Leslie said the new bridge will deliver significant benefits to the Camden Haven and surrounding areas, particularly given its widened pedestrian and bike paths. Current load limit restrictions will also be removed on completion of the new bridge.