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Black Stump Way to See a New Allison Bridge

Planning is well underway for the replacement of Allison Bridge along Black Stump Way, north of Coolah, with the final review of drawings and management plans expected to be confirmed by the end of December.

Warrumbungle Shire Council General Manager, Steve Loane, said that the construction of new bridges across the road network is about increasing productivity for both freight and local industry.

“Allison Bridge is part of the road network linking Narrabri and Wellington through Coolah and Dunedoo, and is on the Black Stump Way, known as MR55 in the state road network system,” said Mr Loane.

“We have replaced a number of timber bridges over the past five years in the shire, in partnership with funding through state and federal governments. Allison Bridge is the first concrete bridge to be replaced.”

NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program and the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme Round Two, each provided $965,000 in funding towards the project.

Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said that the Allison Bridge project is just one of a number of important local projects being funded through the Fixing Country Roads program.

“I am proud that the NSW Government has been able to invest in this important project which will improve the productive capacity of the Warrumbungle road network,” said Mr Humphries.

“Through the Fixing Country Roads program, the NSW Government is providing much needed funding to local councils for road projects that will eliminate connectivity constraints and reduce the cost to market for local businesses.”

Allison Bridge was first constructed in 1958 with a concrete design that was one of the first of its type in the state, and has 600 vehicle movements a day travelling across it.

“The new concrete bridge, to be built on the eastern side of the current structure, will increase the capacity for the passage of larger vehicles as used in the transport industry, including B-Doubles and Higher Mass Limit rated trucks,” said Mr Loane.

“Warrumbungle Shire Council has engaged a contractor for the bridge construction, and our road operations crews will then realign the road approaches to the bridge for vehicles travelling north or south along the Black Stump Way.”

During bridge construction, motorists will be required to reduce travelling speed for road safety, as indicated by road signage. 

Construction is expected to commence in mid January 2017.



Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016