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New bridge saves trucks from 46km detour

The new $2.1 million Tillegra Bridge over the Williams River has opened to traffic, allowing trucks – including B-doubles – to use the Dungog crossing, avoiding a 46-kilometre detour.

A single-lane timber bridge on Salisbury Road has been replaced with a 72-metre-long, 4.6-metre-wide concrete structure with modern safety barriers.

“The new bridge will improve the freight capacity of the route by enabling B-doubles to access the Williams Valley, with an increased capacity of 20 tonne to 57.5 tonne,” said Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie.

“This bridge provides access into the Williams and Allyn Valley for agriculture and logging freight movements, so allowing heavier vehicles to use the new bridge will save drivers about a 46 kilometre detour from Salisbury to Dungog.

“This project is not only a win for farmers and freight operators, but also for the safety of all motorists who use this important link between Dungog and the communities of Brownmore and Salisbury.”

State Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the project built on the NSW Government’s $25 million investment in May to upgrade and improve the Dungog local road network to better connect the region.

“A stronger road network means a stronger community, so it’s great we’ve been able to team up with the Federal Government to deliver this key bridge despite the challenges of floods and a global pandemic,” Layzell said.

“Projects like this are critical to strengthening freight routes with the amount of freight being moved through regional NSW expected to increase 12 per cent in the next 15 years to $286 million tonnes.”

Dungog Shire Council Mayor John Connors said the new bridge was great for the local economy and would open up the Dungog Shire for local farmers, freight producers and visitors to the region.

“The new Tillegra Bridge will reduce travel times for trucks and heavy vehicles, which would have previously been forced to detour,” Connors said.

“It provides economic opportunities for our community through the transportation of produce and raw materials, as well as improving access for locals and visitors alike.”

This project was jointly funded with $1.047 million from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and $1.047 million from the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.

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