Feb 4, 2011

Denman Bridge Upgrade Underway

Denman Bridge Upgrade Underway

Work has started on making the Denman Bridge over the Hunter River on the Golden Highway strong enough to carry bigger and heavier vehicles, an upgrade which will reduce travel times for many of the State’s truck drivers.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Federal funding for this bridge strengthening was provided as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

“Since coming to office, we’ve been working with the states and territories to open up more of the nation’s road network to heavy vehicles – an initiative which will make the trucking industry even more productive while lowering the costs for individual operators,” said Mr Albanese.

“In the years ahead, the industry will also benefit from the unprecedented investment we’re making in the State’s highways as well as the 2013 introduction of one set of nationwide heavy vehicle laws administered by a single national regulator.”

The $1.65 million upgrade of Denman Bridge is being jointly funded by the Gillard and Keneally Labor governments, with the project expected to be completed by the middle of the year.

NSW Roads Minister David Borger said the project involves installing steel plates to strengthen the bridge’s truss, increasing its capacity from 62.5 to 68 tonnes.

“As part of this work, a new steel railing will also be installed along the length of the bridge on both sides to improve safety for motorists,” said Mr Borger.

State Member for Maitland Frank Terenzine welcomed the announcement and said all efforts would be made to keep disruptions to a minimum.

“Until the completion of the project, one lane of the bridge will be closed with traffic control in place from Monday to Saturday and a 40 km/h speed zone in effect during working hours,” said Mr Terenzine.

“I urge all motorists to observe these restrictions, slow down and take care when crossing the bridge.”

For information about traffic conditions, motorists should contact the RTA’s Transport Management Centre on 132 701.