Katrina announces Holman Bridge to open to traffic three months ahead of schedule
Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson has announced that the new $16.4 million NSW Government funded Holman Bridge north of Gooloogong will open to traffic three months ahead of schedule on Wednesday, 18 February.
Katrina said the project replaced an existing timber truss bridge built in 1904, funded as part of the Bridges for the Bush program.
“The NSW Government built a wider, safer bridge across the Lachlan River to improve road freight productivity in the region and to other roads across regional NSW,” Katrina said.
“Traffic will be able to drive on the new bridge from 18 February after favourable conditions allowed final work on the bridge approaches to be completed three months ahead of schedule.
“Sixty-nine people clocked more than 34,000 work hours in the building of the new bridge which features 36 60-tonne girders.
“Work on the new 252 metre-long bridge started in September 2013. It has a single lane in each direction with one metre shoulders, providing a considerably safer crossing to the old and narrow single-lane bridge.”
Katrina said almost 400 trees, shrubs and grasses were planted as part of the landscaping for the project with 10,000 cubic metres of earth removed from the site and 16,000 tonnes of gravel brought on to the site.
“Further landscaping work will now take place at the site.
“The old bridge will be demolished at a later date with the community to be advised in advance.
Katrina would like to thank the Gooloogong community for its support and patience while this important work was carried out.