The contractors engaged by Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) to construct the new Glenyalla Road bridge, Murray Constructions, have nearly completed the project.
Over the last 2 weeks work undertaken has seen all the piles in place, both abutments completed, all three spans planked, and rock mattress completed.
On Thursday the concreting of the deck slab was undertaken.
The new $865,000, single lane, concrete structure crossing of Borambil Creek replaces an old timber bridge which was closed to traffic following structural damage.
LPSC was successful in applying for a grant from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and gaining 50% of the replacement cost for the new concrete structure. The new bridge has been built to current Australian standards, that provides unrestricted access for heavy vehicles and a useful life of at least 100 years. Council has financed the remaining 50% cost of the project with funding received through the Roads to Recovery program.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said he was pleased to see the bridge nearing completion, which will allow the reopening of the through route from the New England Highway at Kankool, to the Merriwa Road near Willow Tree. He said the road is important to local farming families, as a rural transport route and for those delivering to or collecting from properties enroute.