Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said that Starrs Crossing Bridge is a fine example of the critical infrastructure that Council is delivering to the region.
The new 30-metre concrete bridge has replaced the old timber bridge over the Isis River, which has now been demolished.
New road approaches connected to the bridge have also been constructed, extending the bitumen seal along Timor Crawney Road towards Nundle.
Mayor Bedggood said that the new bridge will be a great benefit to residents as they now have all weather access over the Isis River without the load limitations of the old bridge, removing the need to maintain an additional side track.
“For Council it has been a long road to the completed project, involving technical investigations, planning tenders, construction and of course finding the money to get us to the end of the project.
“Council staff undertook the work on the approaches at either side of the bridge to give drivers a safer, smoother ride.
“We are very proud of the result and the end
product," Mayor Bedggood said.
The demolition of the old bridge and construction of the new bridge was undertaken by civil contractor Civilbuild Pty Ltd who have completed several bridges in the Upper Hunter.
The Starrs Crossing bridge project received: $340,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program; $350,000 from the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads Program; and $40,000 from Stoneco Quarries Pty Ltd.
The next projects in Council’s multi-million dollar bridge replacement program will be Sandy Creek Bridge, Timor and Middlebrook Bridge, Middlebrook.
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