The Narrabri Shire Council will benefit from today’s opening of the new Brigalow Creek and Wee Waa Lagoon Creek bridges on Pilliga Road.
This project involved the replacement of four aging timber bridges that supported freight traffic on Pilliga Road and Cypress Way in the Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga areas, including the Baradine Creek Bridge, Dubbo Creek Bridge, Brigalow Creek Bridge and Wee Waa Lagoon Creek Bridge.
It was primarily funded by a $5.3 million investment from the NSW Government under the Restart NSW Resources for Regions program.
This project would provide significant benefits to local primary producers getting their product out and families and businesses getting supplies in.
“The previous bridges could not adequately support the present and future flow of heavy vehicles across our local region,”
“They were narrow, single lane structures, with weight limits and speed restrictions. Three of the bridges had side tracks for trucks and buses that were unusable during flood conditions, while the fourth bridge could not be used at all by heavy vehicles.
“These new all-weather, concrete bridges can safely carry two lanes of traffic, and will drastically cut travel time and transport costs for farmers bringing their produce into town and mining companies accessing key freight hubs across the region.
“Having four vastly improved bridges won’t just reduce transport costs. It will also ensure that our roads are much safer for the school buses that carry children between Pilliga and Wee Waa, as well as cutting ongoing road and bridge maintenance costs.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is very proud to see the successful completion of the Timber Bridge Replacement Project with the opening of these new bridges.
“We are dedicated to supporting infrastructure projects that boost economic growth in regional NSW, and so we are delighted to contribute to a project that will make a significant difference to the long-term productivity of the local agricultural, tourism and mining industries,” Mr Barilaro said.
These bridges form vital transport and freight links in the Wee Waa area and the works completed will increase the longevity of these structures.
“The upgrade of these bridges will bring great benefits to agriculture, tourism and the community at large as well as improving safety and long term maintenance costs on the structures.”
All four bridge replacements have been managed by Narrabri Shire Council, which also contributed $150,000 to this $5.45 million project. Works on Baradine Creek Bridge at Gwabegar and Dubbo Creek Bridge on Pilliga Road were completed in mid-2016.
The Resources for Regions program has invested $233 million into 42 projects across the health, water, road, education and tourism sectors, as well as renewing regional CBDs across the state.