The Coffs Coast is sharing in $86 million being invested in road, bridge and truck wash projects across the regions in the latest round of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said this latest funding round will see almost $1.2m granted to Coffs Harbour City Council for a $1.3m bridge replacement project.

Mr Singh said the council will replace Lees Bridge at Karangi with a single-span, 18m-long concrete bridge with two lanes and a pedestrian path, increasing the width from 7.7m to 9.8m.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are investing in projects to boost freight efficiency across the regions, and improve access and connectivity across the state road network,” Mr Singh said.

“Fixing Country Roads has already helped regional NSW councils deliver more than 300 projects to date, with the most recent funding for my electorate adding to that list.

“With funding coming from Restart NSW, these projects will ultimately contribute to the growth of local economies by improving freight delivery, journey times and safety outcomes.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Fixing Country Roads was a $543 million program which aimed to unlock the economic potential of regional NSW.

“These projects deliver important benefits for all regional road users – from passengers to producers and from heavy truck drivers to the local school bus – who all use our local and regional roads,” Mr Toole said.

“They look to repair, strengthen, widen and seal roads, as well as strengthening, widening or replacing existing bridges and culverts.

“These projects are important in supporting the regional freight task in NSW, which is expected to increase by 12 percent to 286 million tonnes by 2036.”