Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson officially opened the new $8 million Tangaratta Creek Bridge on the Oxley Highway, west of Tamworth.
“This shiny new bridge is a really big piece of infrastructure that exemplifies the NSW Government’s commitment to improving road safety in the Tamworth area,” Mr Gay said.
“The old bridge was just that - old, narrow, dilapidated and decaying, making it unsafe for motorists to travel on.
“I know there have been tragic crashes at this bridge in the past few years and I understand how important this upgrade was to the community.
“I listened to the community’s concerns and the strong push from your very dedicated local member and prioritised funding for this fantastic 17 metre wide, 11.4 metre long crossing.
“But we didn’t stop there – we also upgraded 700 metres of road approaches on either side of the bridge which makes the journey for motorists travelling between places such as Gunnedah and Tamworth even safer.
“The new bridge has also been designed to meet the future needs of this growing region including increasing heavy vehicle transport and urban development.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he wanted to thank the community for their patience and support in getting this new bridge built.
“Our whole community was thrilled to see work starting on the new bridge in October last year and I speak on behalf of all the locals – we’re so glad to see the work finished and bridge open to traffic,” Mr Anderson said.
“The approaches are a welcomed addition to the upgrade – it is going to improve safety for heavy vehicles and in-turn, improve safety for other road users.
“Roads and Maritime Services will soon demolish the old bridge so that the wider and more modern concrete structure can really shine in all of its glory.
“Over the next month, Roads and Maritime will also complete minor finishing work around the bridge, including installing drainage, road widening on the Tamworth side and some road surfacing work where required.”