Torryburn now has a new bigger and better bridge
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for the Upper Hunter joined Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today to announce that work is complete on a new permanent Torryburn Bridge over the Allyn River which will provide safer access for residents travelling to and from Torryburn.
“It has taken less than a year to build this road bridge – and we’ve managed to complete it a month ahead of schedule,” Mr Johnsen said.
“After the old road bridge collapsed and was washed away during the devastating Hunter storms in April last year, many residents in Torryburn were cut off from surrounding communities such as Dungog, Vacy and Gresford.
“It was imperative a new permanent and stronger road bridge was built as soon as possible as residents driving to and from Torryburn were left with only a dirt track.
“The new road bridge is designed to withstand a similar sized flood event to last April, the largest on record at this location.”
The NSW Government fast tracked $2.6 million in natural disaster funding to assist the Dungog Shire Council in repairing and rebuilding affected roads and bridges as soon as possible.
Mr Johnsen said the new road bridge is testament to the support the NSW Government, surrounding communities and local organisations have provided, which has put the community of Dungog back on its feet.
“$1.1 million for an emergency access track, $1.5 million for a new permanent Torryburn Bridge, and a temporary pedestrian bridge was provided to support affected residents,” Mr Johnsen continued.
“The new road bridge is still a single lane bridge, but is wider, improving safety for all motorists and trucks, using this bridge daily.
“I thank council and our local community for its quick response to help restore our roads and get the bridge up and running as quickly as possible.”
The NSW Government installed a temporary pedestrian bridge whilst the new Torryburn Bridge was being built and it now has been removed.
Roads and Maritime Services supported Dungog Shire Council with assistance and technical support to build the new bridge at Torryburn and will continue to provide assistance until all storm damaged roads are repaired.
Photo: Michael Johnsen MP (Upper Hunter), The Hon Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Mr Harold Johnston – Mayor of Dungog.