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Upgrade of Middle Falbrook Bridge starts

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced major upgrade work will start Monday 24 October to strengthen and improve Middle Falbrook Bridge across Glennies Creek.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government had allocated $10.5 million for restoration work on the bridge as part of the $145 million Bridges for the Bush program which aims to improve road freight productivity in regional NSW and maintain assets to ensure ongoing performance.

“Built in 1904, the bridge is the only example of a concrete Monier piers truss design in NSW. It will be restored and strengthened to ensure it continues to meet the required vehicle load standards,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The bridge is one of 26 identified for conservation in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW.”

Mr Johnsen continued, saying work includes replacing and strengthening the timber trusses, decking and road approaches at both ends of the bridge to meet vehicle load standards while ensuring its heritage features are preserved.

“Roads and Maritime thanks the community for feedback provided on the project and proposed bridge closures early next year,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

The bridge will remain open to traffic while this work is carried out but a month-long closure will be required during the upgrade. The closure is being planned in consideration of community feedback received early last year.

The community will be kept informed of future work times, dates and the planned bridge closures.

For more information or to provide feedback about the project please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au, email  Julie.Morgan@rms.nsw.gov.au or contact Project Manager Julie Morgan on (02) 4924 0201 during business hours.

For more information on the Bridges for the Bush program visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

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