New bridges for Torryburn
The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay has announced the residents of Torryburn now have a temporary pedestrian access bridge, and will also be receiving a brand new Torryburn bridge to replace the old one which washed away during recent wild weather.
Mr Gay said NSW Government engineers had been working with Dungog Shire Council since the storms hit to provide suitable pedestrian access for residents as soon as possible.
“This is great news for the people of Torryburn – everyone from Roads and Maritime Services staff to Dungog Shire Council have been working around the clock to get this temporary pedestrian bridge installed,” Mr Gay said.
“What’s great about it is, is that it’s a moveable structure, it’s useful and safe, and provides direct access to and from the Torryburn township which is what residents have needed.
“What’s more important though is that we’ll actually be building a brand new bridge, and currently have our experts developing engineering designs for this.
“Dungog Shire Council, with the technical assistance of Roads and Maritime Services, is currently building an access track for vehicles needing to travel to and from Torryburn to use up until the new bridge is built,” Mr Gay said.
Michael Johnsen, Member for the Upper Hunter said he wanted to thank the owner of the nearby Torryburn stud who had been allowing residents to use a track through his property, to access Gresford Road.
“The Dungog local government area was one of the hardest hit areas during April’s wild weather,” Mr Johnsen said.
“During the storm the Torryburn bridge collapsed under the weight of fallen trees and debris before being washed away.
“I am pleased for residents that we now have a temporary pedestrian access bridge – and even better we are now going to build a brand new one.
“Workers from Dungog Council and Roads and Maritime Services deserve to be thanked for their hard work to effectively build a bridge in one day, connecting people in the Hunter region with the local community,” Mr Johnsen said.