New bridge upgrades for Murray region

New bridge upgrades for Murray region

Two new bridge projects will be delivered in Farrer following the announcement of successful projects for round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Murray River Council will receive close to $800,000 from the Australian Government to help replace aging wooden bridges for crossings at Merran and Yarrein Creeks.

Local MP Sussan Ley said the replacement bridges will definitely improve driving conditions
for local residents and transport operators. A boost in local jobs during construction is another bonus.

“At Merran Creek, a new structure will replace the existing single lane timber crossing with
a two lane concrete bridge, allowing a new load limit of up to 166 tonnes. On completion,
it will remove an existing 15km detour for commercial and heavy vehicles.”

“Funding for Yarrein Creek will also see a new two lane concrete bridge, increasing the existing load limit from two to 166 tonnes, essentially adding 100 new years of life to the river crossing.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the local funding allocation was part of $162.5m for the third round of funding from the Bridges Renewal program.

In Farrer bridges near Corowa and Carrathool received funding in rounds one and two of the program.

The Federal Government’s financial commitment is being matched by Murray River Council. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution for round three has been limited to $5 million per project.

You can link here for more information on the program including a full list of projects.