New South Wales, News, Road upgrades

New $4.4 million bridge opens doors for heavier vehicles within the region

With an increased load capacity, this new $4.4 million bridge is set to help improve freight productivity at this regional hub.

The new 45-metre Shingle Hill Way Bridge near Gundaroo, in NSW’s Yass Valley, replaces an old 25-metre bridge. With a load limit of 166-tonne, the bridge will better serve the freight industry.

The new structure has improved flood resilience as it’s been built to a higher height and is designed to better withstand being hit with debris, speeding up the ability to re-open the crossing after floods.

“This is a key road for local businesses in the winery and livestock sectors in particular – which is why this new 45-metre crossing will better connect locals and tourists, while reducing freight costs in the Yass Valley,” said Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain.

Yass Valley Council Mayor, Allan McGrath, added, “The recent 2022 flooding in the Yass region demonstrated the importance of our bridges, such as the Shingle Hill Way Bridge, as a community resource.

“Council’s focus moving forward is to continue replacing low-level crossings within the Yass Valley to improve road and traffic safety, increase flood immunity and to improve access for residents and emergency service vehicles during rain events.”

The NSW Government footed most of the bill, investing $3.6 million under the Fixing Country Roads Program, while the remaining $800,000 came from the Australian Government under the Bridges Renewal Program.

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