One hundred and twenty five bridges and culverts in 33 different councils are to receive funded engineering assessments.
The funding is part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP), supported by $20 million from the Australian government.
Through the SLGAAP, the NHVR connects engineering consultants with local government road managers to deliver funded bridge and culvert assessments and engineering reports.
“Local council bridges and culverts are prioritised based on its likelihood to deliver improved productivity and efficiency outcomes for a heavy vehicle journey from start to finish,” said Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator Carol Brown.
“No bridge or culvert is considered in isolation. Rather, they are selected based on if an assessment may unlock access for more classes of vehicles such as A-doubles, to travel more extensively on Australia’s freight network.”
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said this latest round of SLGAAP brings the project’s total number of assessments to 590, across 88 local councils.
“We support local governments to understand their assessment reports, apply conditions for heavy vehicle access and publish and manage their asset data in the NHVR Portal through a road manager toolkit with recorded webinars, training modules and templates,” he said.
For the full list of bridges and culverts to be assessed, click here.