Motorists travelling to Yamba, Angourie and Wooloweyah now have a safer and quicker journey thanks to North Coast Nationals opening ther new $3.46 million Romiaka Channel Bridge.
Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan was joined by NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons to officially open the new bridge which was co-funded by local, state and federal governments.
“The replacement of this bridge has been a high priority for Clarence Valley council due to its narrow width and poor condition,” Mr Hogan said. “I am pleased that the Federal Government contributed $1.73 million to the cost under the Bridges Renewal Program. Vehicles will now be able to pass safely, pedestrians and cyclists are separated from traffic with a dedicated shared path, and the longevity of the bridge has been secured.”
Mr Gulaptis said the old bridge was at risk of having a 20-tonne weight limit imposed due to its condition.
“Being the only access road to Yamba, Angourie and Wooloweyah from the Pacific Highway, that would have impacted local freight movements and local businesses, adding tens of thousands of extra heavy vehicle movements to the road as larger loads were split to smaller trucks,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Instead, we have a wider concrete bridge which will serve both the freight industry and the local community for many years to come, co-funded with a $1.73 million investment under the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program.”
Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons said the old Romiaka Bridge had served the community well but age and increased traffic volumes had taken their toll.
“There is only one way in and out of Yamba, Wooloweyah and Angourie, so this bridge is vital to the people who live in those areas,” Mr Simmons said. “The support of the State and Federal Governments was instrumental in getting this project off the ground.”