New England Hwy bridge boosts freight efficiency

A new bridge open to traffic at Bolivia Hill, New South Wales, is expected to improve safety and efficiency outcomes for agricultural and mining businesses.

The $134 million, 320-metre-long concrete balanced cantilever bridge will benefit drivers travelling the 2.1-kilometre stretch of the New England Highway between Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, said this is a game-changer for drivers of the 1,500 vehicles who use this highway section each day, including 500 heavy vehicles.

“We have funded and delivered a vital piece of infrastructure to keep freight from local agricultural and mining businesses moving safely and efficiently.

“This is another example of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan in action, helping to connect communities and improve safety, while creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery.”

Mew South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the project had delivered an economic boost to the region.

“The New England Highway is a critical route for the local agricultural and mining industries, and opening this bridge to traffic will transform the journeys of locals, tourists and freight,” said Toole.

“At its peak, this project supported up to 200 jobs including for 50 locals, while 10 local contracting firms helped to deliver the final product.”

The $134 million project was jointly funded, with $98 million from the Australian Government and $36 million from the New South Wales Government.