Bridge funding

September 15, 2017

Two new bridge projects will be delivered in the Farrer electorate following the announcement of successful projects for round three of the Bridges Renewal Program.

Murray River Council will receive close to $800,000 from the Australian Government to help replace ageing wooden bridges for crossings at Merran and Yarrein Creeks.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said the replacement bridges will definitely improve driving conditions for local residents and transport operators.

‘‘At Merran Creek a new structure will replace the existing single lane timber crossing with a two lane concrete bridge, allowing a new load limit of up to 166 tonnes,’’ she said.

‘‘On completion, it will remove an existing 15 kilometre detour for commercial and heavy vehicles.

‘‘Funding for Yarrein Creek will also see a new two lane concrete bridge increasing the existing load limit from two to 166 tonnes, essentially adding 100 new years of life to the crossing.’’

The Merran Creek Bridge replacement will cost $798,800 and the Yarrein Creek Bridge is costed at $788,800. The Federal Government’s financial commitment is being matched by Murray River Council.

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