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All levels of Government celebrate opening of Allison Bridge

On Friday, 16 November 2018, Federal Member for the Electorate of Parkes, Mark Coulton, joined Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd, to officially open Allison Bridge on the Black Stump Way at Coolah after extensive upgrade works.‚Äč

  

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said “I am pleased that with funding from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme as well as the State Government, Warrumbungle Shire Council has been able to complete this important bridge upgrade.”

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd, said “we are extremely thankful for the support provided by both the Federal and State governments to complete these important works”.
 
“The replacement of Allison Bridge will ensure access for all vehicle types over the long term. Of the average daily traffic count of 750 vehicles around 190 of the vehicles using the bridge are heavy vehicles. This meant that there was a high level of need to improve Allison Bridge so that the Black Stump Way was able to keep up with the demand of heavy vehicles and modern freight trucks”, said Cr Todd.
 
“Black Stump Way is a key regional road in Warrumbungle Shire as well as providing a link for the Central West and Mudgee regions to the Liverpool Plains. As well as this, it is regularly used by school buses, visitors and tourists, commercial traffic as well as our local farmers. It is an extremely important road in our Shire and one which we now know is just that bit safer”.

“The replacement bridge is two (2) meters wider and has removed a 60 kilometres detour for heavy vehicles travelling along Black Stump Way, Coolah. All heavy vehicles can now use the new bridge”, said Cr Todd.

Council received funding under the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads funding program for the replacement of Allison Bridge. 

Cr Todd concluded by saying, “Council recognises how important it is to improve our local bridges in order to improve freight productivity both within and through the Shire, as well as creating access for heavy vehicles to our local communities. We thank both the Federal and State Government for their support to complete this important project”.

Click here to view media release (pdf version)

 Allison Bridge Opening 1

Image:L-R Councillor Wendy Hill, Mayor Denis Todd, Federal Member for the Electorate of Parkes Mark Coulton, Adam Henniker

Allison Bridge Opening 2

Image: Federal Member for the Electorate of Parkes, Mark Coulton, joined Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd to officially open Allison Bridge

 

Last Updated: 16 Nov 2018

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