THREE new bridge projects will be delivered in Leichhardt following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Douglas Shire Council will receive $1,339,250 million in funding for the Diggers Bridge Replacement Project, while Cook Shire Council will receive a total of $108,330 towards construction of the King River Bridge approaches and replacement of the Claudie River Bridge approaches.
Federal member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said he had worked closely with Cook Shire and Douglas Shire Councils to identify key bridges in need of replacement or upgrade.
“The upgrade of these bridges will greatly improve driving conditions for residents and local truck drivers,” Mr Entsch said.
“It will allow businesses to move their products more efficiently, increase safety for all drivers, and boost bridge construction jobs in the region.”
“This is a terrific win all round for the community,” Mr Entsch said.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $162.53 million funding toward round three of the Bridges Renewal program was in addition to the $216 million committed under the first two rounds.
“The renewal and upgrade of 186 bridges under this round will deliver social and economic benefits throughout regional Australia,” Mr Chester said.
The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project.
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.