Dickensons Bridge opens to traffic
TAREE residents and businesses will soon be enjoying a better local road network with the new Dickensons Bridge on Moto Road, Ghinni Ghinni set to open on Monday, 15 June.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the opening of the $2 million bridge continues the Australian Government’s investment in regional roads.
“This bridge has a design life of more than 100 years and will continue to support a growing community for years to come,” Mr Truss said.
“This project is part of the $11.4 million Taree Roads and Bridges Package funded under the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme. The Australian Government is contributing $10 million to the package and the Greater Taree City Council contributing the remaining $1.4 million.”
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he was pleased his campaign for Australian Government funding for local roads was paying dividends.
“Investing in our local road network makes good economic sense in terms of supporting our key industries, including beef, mining and mixed farming,” Dr Gillespie said.
“This bridge will be able to cater for heavy vehicles, ensuring freight operators don’t need to find alternate routes to shift goods to local and international markets.
“There’s even more to come - just last month we saw the upgraded Dyers Crossing Bridge re-open to traffic thanks to funding from this special package, and a number of other projects are in the pipeline.”
Mayor of Greater Taree City Council Paul Hogan said the local community has been looking forward to the completion of the bridge.
“Local farmers were well-aware of the limitations of the old timber bridge and Monday’s opening will come as a great relief for residents,” Cr Hogan said.
“Given the improved capacity to handle heavy vehicles, locals will no longer be delayed by heavy vehicles carefully negotiating a bridge that wasn’t up to the task.”