Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has welcomed a $6 million Federal Government investment that will provide funding for new and upgraded bridges throughout the electorate under the Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Federal Government will contribute half the funding for the following bridge projects in the Hunter electorate.
• The one lane Fosters timber bridge on Sandy Creek Road at Mount Vincent will be replaced by a two lane bridge at a total cost of $4.4 million.
• Frame Drive Bridge will be replaced by a two lane concrete bridge and pathway at an estimated cost of $4 million
• Muswellbrook Shire Council will receive $75,000 towards the $150,000 cost of strengthening the load limited Williams Bridge at Martindale to enable access for heavy vehicles and emergency services.
• At Mirannie in the Singleton Shire, the Brookers Bridge will be replaced by a two lane concrete bridge at a cost of $2.2 million.
• The Middlebrook Bridge on Middlebrook Road at Scone will also be replaced by a two lane concrete bridge at a total cost of $2.28 million.
“This is great news for the residents of Hunter,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
“Many residents have been inconvenienced by the ageing infrastructure of some of these bridges
and in particular given recent weather events the closure of Frame Drive Bridge has undoubtedly caused significant disruption for many,” he said.
“There is no doubt the ongoing commitment from the local councils pushing for upgrades have prioritised these projects and I've been happy to support them.
“I thank and congratulate Cessnock City Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Singleton Shire Council and the Upper Hunter Shire Council for their quality submissions,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.
MONDAY, 18TH JANUARY 2016