$500m bridge upgrade program in NSW
Hundreds of old timber bridges across regional New South Wales will be replaced, with applications now open for the next round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges program.
The $500 million program aims to enable councils to replace timber bridges which are in poor condition. The program also aims to improve connections between regional and rural communities.
Round two of applications is now open, following the $282 million which was allocated to replace more than 400 timber bridges across 53 local government areas as part of the first round of funding.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the program has helped to deliver infrastructure upgrades to support regional routes.
“This program has been an absolute game changer for councils right across the State, allowing them to replace some of their oldest and mostly costly to maintain timber bridges with safer, stronger structures that are more resilient to natural disaster and better equipped to meet the needs of the community,” Minister Toole said.