Members of the community are encouraged to attend an information session this week about plans to replace the century-old timber Rawsonville Bridge, west of Dubbo.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government was providing $700,000 to investigate options for replacing the timber truss bridge to provide a safer and more efficient river crossing for users.
“The NSW Government has listened to the local community, which is why the Rawsonville Bridge will be replaced, rather than repaired,” Mr Saunders said.
“During community consultation, the majority of the feedback was in support of replacing the century old structure, as closing the existing bridge for six months would have involved a lengthy detour, adding up to 20 minutes to travel time.
“We plan to build the new bridge before decommissioning the existing one, which will mean less impact on motorists in and around the region.
“A new bridge will also reduce ongoing maintenance costs, so this is a great outcome for the community.”
Transport for NSW will host an information session at the Rawsonville Community Hall on Wednesday, 26 February between 4pm and 7pm, with locals able to speak with the project team, provide feedback and learn more about the proposal.
As part of the project, heritage interpretation signs will be installed to provide a historical record of the former Rawsonville Bridge.
Transport for NSW has been working closely with Dubbo Regional Council.