The community can help shape plans for the new Towong Bridge, with the environmental assessment of the Murray River crossing between Bringenbrong in NSW and Towong in Victoria now on display.
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) marked an important milestone for the $10 million project to deliver safer, more reliable journeys for locals and freight operators.
“The existing single-lane timber Towong Bridge, built in 1938, had a temporary support structure added to it in 2016 to help resist regular flooding that is common on the upper Murray River,” Mr Toole said.
“While these repairs extended the bridge’s life, it now needs to be removed for safety reasons and replaced with a new, 11-metre wide, 60-metre-long concrete bridge that will incorporate two traffic lanes and a pedestrian walkway.
“The new bridge will be capable of carrying more traffic and will better withstand events like floods and bushfires, easing the burden of maintenance for local councils and ratepayers.”
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the project would be a game changer for local communities, for freight and for the agricultural industry for years to come.
“We want to ensure this new bridge is safe for both motorists and pedestrians, and that it is capable of withstanding current and future traffic loads,” Ms Allan said.
“We also want to provide a modern structure that will require minimal maintenance over the next 25 years.
“We’re anticipating the project will be carried out in two stages – first the removal of the existing timber bridge, followed by the construction of the new bridge, which is expected to start in 2022 and take about 18 months to complete.”
The REF will be on display until 5pm on Friday 24 September. The community can review the REF online at nswroads.work/towong, or call 1300 679 842 for more information. Submissions on the project can be made via [email protected], or mailing Towong Bridge project, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650.
Once submissions have been received, they will be reviewed before a submissions report is released in response to the feedback.