Transport for NSW had to build a new bridge after the Bunnerungee Bridge, 65 kilometres north of Wentworth on the Silver City Highway, was closed last week when a structural issue was discovered during a routine inspection.
The instant road was created in an emergency response to keep freight moving and families connected along the Silver City Highway.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the closure of the bridge meant nine hour diversions for traffic.
“This can be devastating for farmers, freight and regional communities, especially during a drought,” Mr. Toole said.
“With the help of Wentworth Shire Council, Transport for NSW was able to build a gravel side track in four days for light vehicles, sealing the road on the fifth day to allow heavy vehicles to use the detour,”
Bunnerungee Bridge remains closed while a specialist team works on repairs to re-open the bridge.
“This side track is a great example of what can be achieved when the NSW Government and council work together in an emergency to get communities moving again,” Mr. Toole said.