Dripstone bridge open to traffic
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced that a $1.98 million upgrade to Dripstone Bridge is now complete, marking a significant improvement in the quality of the bridge for both the local community and freight operators.
“The replacement of Dripstone Bridge on Burrendong Way will allow heavier vehicles to use this significant livestock freight route, eliminating detours of up to 40 kilometres,” Mr Grant said.
“This vital infrastructure upgrade will not only benefit locals but provide primary producers with better connectivity to and from the area and greatly benefit the local economy.”
The project received $1.05 million in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, which provides targeted funding to local councils for projects that will eliminate connectivity constraints on local roads in NSW.
Works included in the upgrade, delivered by Dubbo Regional Council, included:
- the replacement of the old timber structure on Burrendong Way to meet B-Double capacity standards,
- the realignment of bridge approaches from both north and south ends to meet 100kph travel speeds, and
- Improvements to vehicle safety along this section of Burrendong Way.
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said that this project was just a number of road upgrades being funded by the NSW Government within the region.
“The NSW Government, through the Fixing Country Roads program, is providing vital funding to local councils to improve roads and bridges, eliminating constraints on local roads and boosting the NSW economy,” Mr Gay said.
“We want to remove time-consuming detours and last mile constraints that support the efficiency of the freight industry, an industry that is with $60 billion to the NSW economy.”
“In total the NSW Government has committed $500 million to the Fixing Country Roads program over multiple funding rounds, and over 130 projects have already been allocated funding across the state.”
***Pictured Troy Grant at the opening of the Dripstone Bridge***