New South Wales

$1.6 million to replace key bridge

Local residents, business owners and visitors to Comboyne can look forward to a safer and more reliable journey in the coming months, with work set to begin on the $1.6 million Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement project.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the existing timber bridge would be demolished and replaced with a reinforced concrete bridge that includes new guard rails, a smooth asphalt road surface and traffic signage.

“The existing Bulli Creek Bridge has connected the communities of Comboyne and Wauchope and been a significant freight route for local industries for over 60 years, but clearly the bridge has now reached the end of its lifespan. The new concrete bridge will improve safety, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and ensure the longevity of the bridge for generations to come,” Mr Chester said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement was a $1.6 million project, jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments and to be delivered by Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

“It is fantastic to see all levels of government working together on projects like this to improve our local road network and ensure the best results for our community,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie said that during the works Comboyne Road would occasionally close to allow the safe demolition of the existing bridge and installation of the new concrete structure, with detours in place.

“Pre-construction works including vegetation clearing and shoulder widening will begin in the coming weeks at Bulli Creek Bridge with speed reductions and traffic controls in place,” Dr Gillespie said.

Port Macquarie Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said Council would invest more than $2 million to replace bridges along Comboyne Road in the 2017-18 financial year, with Hyndmans Creek Bridge already complete, and Harty’s Creek Bridge scheduled for replacement in 2018.

“The existing Bulli Creek Bridge is single lane, and will be upgraded to two lanes providing benefit to the dairy and avocado industries and other agriculture in the Comboyne plateau area. Council thanks the local community for their cooperation and patience during the bridge replacement works, and for the ongoing commitment to working with Council to improve the safety of our region’s roads and bridges,” Cr Pinson said.

The Bulli Creek Bridge Replacement is due for completion by mid-2018.

Source: Australian Government