Upper Hunter Shire Council is pleased to announce the official opening of the new bridge at Starrs Crossing, Timor will take place at 3pm, Wednesday, 18 May 2016.
The new 30-metre concrete bridge has replaced the old timber bridge over the Isis River, which has now been demolished.
New roads to connect to the bridge have also been constructed, extending the bitumen seal along Timor Crawley Road towards Nundle.
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.
Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP said the Fixing Country Roads initiative funds improvements for local bridges and local roads, which is vital for rural and regional communities.
“Transport is important to the viability of local communities and a strong Upper Hunter regional economy is important for a strong NSW,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The NSW Government is committed to upgrading our local roads and bridges to make sure our transport and freight network assists regional producers, growers and business.”
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood thanked local residents for their cooperation during the construction project.
“A bigger, safer bridge will be great for residents of Timor and surrounds,” Cr Bedggood said.The next project in Council’s multi-million dollar bridge replacement program will be Sandy Creek Bridge on Sandy Creek Road.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.