Guyra Citizen of the Year Dot Vickery, centre, wields the big pair of scissors today to officially cut the ribbon on the new Tenterden Bridge. Dot is flanked by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, left, and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
ROAD users west of Guyra can look forward to safer travel and improved freight productivity, with today’s official opening of the new $1.06 million Tenterden Bridge – a two lane concrete span which dwarfs the previous single lane timber bridge.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray and Guyra Citizen of the Year Dot Vickery today cut the ribbon on the massive structure, which was funded with a $510,000 investment from the NSW Government.
Mr Marshall said the bridge across Georges Creek would offer advantages to road users travelling between Guyra and Tingha, with the region’s producers to see the biggest benefits.
“Producers and drivers across the New England will let out a sigh of relief with today’s opening of the new and improved Tenterden Bridge, which will improve road safety and efficiency for this major regional route,” Mr Marshall said.
“The new two-lane concrete bridge is totally unrecognisable compared to the old and rickety wooden bridge that drivers have been contending with for decades.
“Vehicles carrying heavy loads will be able to use the bridge for the first time, eliminating a 67-kilometre detour that adds to freight cost, road wear and driver fatigue.
“As many local producers send stock to market in Inverell, this simplification of the freight network will help deliver lower costs to producers across the Guyra region.”
Mr Marshall said the bridge was jointly funded by the NSW Government, Australian Government and Armidale Regional Council, who managed the project.
“The combined support of all levels of government is a testament to how important this bridge is to the region,” Mr Marshall said.
“The NSW Government has invested $510,000 in this project through the Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, with the Australian Government contributing $530,000 and Council $20,000.
“I’m committed to ensuring our regional road network is constantly improved, as each investment helps deliver better returns for local businesses and sets our region up for further growth.”
The project involved replacing a single timber bridge with a two-lane concrete bridge over Georges Creek along Tenterden Road. Works also included building bridge approaches for the newly aligned road.
By upgrading the intersections to concrete, renewing the culverts and improving stormwater drainage, this project will ensure the road can support freight movements into the future.
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the project was a major win for Guyra locals.
“This upgrade will make a big difference for those in the area, whether that’s kids travelling on the school bus or farmers using the bridge to transport stock and produce – it keeps the money flowing back through the farm gate and means locals can get to their destination faster and with greater safety,” Mr Joyce said.