A partnership between the NSW Government and Mid-Western Regional Council will result in the construction of a new bridge linking the area to the Hunter Valley.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced that $900,000 worth of funding has been secured through the Fixing Country Roads program to assist with the Goulburn River Bridge replacement on the Ulan Road.
“Given the synchronisation of industry between the Mid-Western LGA and parts of the Hunter Valley we know there is a significant amount of traffic, be it cars or trucks, that use the Ulan Road,” Mr Saunders said.
“The replacement of the Goulburn River Bridge is something I’ve heard about from the community, and is also a project that has been identified by Mid-Western Regional Council as being a priority. I am proud that through a solid partnership we will be able to work together to deliver this new bridge.
“The $900,000 I have been able to secure through the Fixing Country Roads program via the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole, will be complemented by $300,000 of funding from the council.”
Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor, Cr Des Kennedy said the bridge on Ulan Road is a critical piece of infrastructure in the transport route from the Hunter to the Mid-Western region.
“This funding will allow council to construct an entirely new bridge, one that is wider and designed to accommodate heavy vehicles, in particular those travelling to mines at Ulan,” Cr Kennedy said.
“For some time a speed restriction has been placed on the existing bridge for safety with heavy and wide-load vehicles also forced to travel an additional 90km via Gulgong to Ulan due to load restrictions.
“This is a great outcome for the community and mining industry alike and I thank the NSW Government for recognising the value in this project.”