The first sod has been turned on the $23 million Charleyong Bridge Replacement to provide New South Wales motorists with faster and safer travel between Braidwood and Nowra.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the new Charleyong Bridge would improve traffic flow and increase safety for locals, heavy vehicles and tourists travelling across the bridge, located north of Braidwood in southern NSW.
“Charleyong Bridge is on Main Road 92, an important regional route for transporting freight and stock between Nowra, Braidwood and Canberra, and this upgrade will improve freight productivity and keep traffic moving at all times of the year,” Mr McCormack said.
Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro said the project would boost road safety and accessibility.
“The upgrade will be a great improvement for those travelling through the region as it will include two U-turn bays, a stock underpass and the removal of several curves that have a poor crash history,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The project is scheduled for completion in March 2020, weather permitting, and the community will be kept informed of its progress.”
NSW Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey said the new bridge would have wider traffic lanes and a greater load limit, a win for both freight operators and motorists.
“The replacement bridge will change the way people travel across the Mongarlowe River, from a single lane timber bridge to a stronger concrete bridge with two wide lanes and an increased speed limit of 100km an hour,” Mrs Pavey said.
The project is jointly funded with the NSW Government committing $18 million and the Federal Government committing $5 million for the project.