$50 million to duplicate L.H. Ford Bridge
NSW Premier Mike Baird, Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced that a re-elected Baird Government will duplicate the L.H. Ford Bridge over the Macquarie River in Dubbo.
Mr Baird said the duplication will further enable Dubbo to grow as a regional city – just as the former Mayor and local MP Les Ford envisioned.
“This is a terrific day for the people and businesses of Dubbo who need a new structure to better connect to the Newell Highway, particularly during floods,” Mr Baird said.
“Troy Grant and I have a $6 billion plan to rebuild regional NSW with new critical transport and freight infrastructure to create jobs and grow regional economies.”
Mr Grant said during a one in 20 year flood, the L.H. Bridge becomes the only high level link between the Dubbo CBD and the Newell Highway.
“When the Macquarie breaks its banks and flows over the Emile Serisier Bridge on the Newell, traffic from the highway is diverted over the L.H. Ford Bridge creating a huge bottleneck in and out of Dubbo.
“That’s why we need to duplicate the bridge and improve road approaches from the Newell – the community needs four lanes in and out of Dubbo, not just two.
“For too long this bridge has caused major congestion problems for motorists, truckies and emergency services – and I’m pleased the L.H. Ford Bridge and other important infrastructure across the state will be upgraded under our Rebuilding NSW Plan.”
Mr Gay said improving road freight productivity in regional NSW will help generate jobs and revenue in vital industries like agriculture and mining.
“The Newell Highway is the economic backbone for interstate and regional freight transport – helping to service key regional centres like Dubbo,” Mr Gay said.
“Under our Rebuilding NSW Plan, $500 million has been earmarked for the Newell for additional overtaking lane,; upgrades between Narrabri and Moree and Mungleback Creek to Boggabilla, widening between Coonabaran and Narrabri, and bypasses for Parkes and Coonabarabran.”
The path of new structure will most likely be to the north and parallel of the existing bridge, duplicating the road corridor from two to four lanes over the Macquarie River.