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New Bridges for Purlewaugh Road

To overcome flooding issues along the Purlewaugh Road two new bridges will be constructed at Billy Kings Creek.‚Äč

“Billy Kings Creek will be undergoing the much needed upgrades with the construction of two (2) new bridges along Purlewaugh Road” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Acting Mayor, Councillor Aniello Iannuzzi. “These works will enable farmers and people who rely on Purlewaugh Road for access to work, schools and medical facilities to reach these destinations with no need for alternative arrangements when the road has flooded at Billy Kings Creek.”

“Tenders for the construction of the bridges is in the final stages of planning. The bridge over creek crossing No 1 will be 12 metres long and on the same alignment as the existing road and causeway. The bridge at crossing No 2 will be 24 metres long and it will be on a new alignment”, said Cr Iannuzzi.

“A new road and bridge will be constructed at Billy Kings Creek No 2, which will take out the current ‘dog leg’ in the road, which will also improve road safety at the crossing.”

Cr Iannuzzi explained, “the progressive upgrading of Purlewaugh Road is a key strategic goal for Warrumbungle Shire Council. Over the last 18 years, 20km of the road has been upgraded from unsealed to sealed and five (5) major bridges have been constructed. Upgrading Purlewaugh Road will ensure that the safety and reliability of travel remains a key objective of Council and construction of a flood free crossing of Billy Kings Creek is one of these objectives.”

“The budget for construction of two bridges and associated roadworks is $1.85 million. Council is extremely grateful for the funding from the NSW Government through Restart NSW Fund (Fixing Country Roads) which has contributed $1.65 million to this project”, said Cr Iannuzzi.

Roadworks at both sites are expected to commence in October 2019 ahead of the scheduled commencement of bridge construction in November 2019. During construction of the bridges there will be minimal impact on traffic as a sidetrack will be in place at crossing No 1. Traffic at times will be down to one lane at crossing No 1 as the new bridge will be constructed close to the existing causeway” concluded Cr Iannuzzi.

Click here to view the layout plans of the proposed bridge construction at both sites.

Purlewaugh Road 1

Photograph – Flooding of Billy Kings Creek No 2 in September 2016.

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Bridge alignment aerial image.

Click here to download media release

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2019

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