Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is today encouraging members of the local community who are enjoying the benefits of the new Barrington Bridge to have their say on the upcoming removal of the old bridge.
Mr Johnsen said the new $17 million bridge replaced the original 100-year-old single-lane timber bridge, opening ahead of schedule to traffic in May this year.
“The new bridge has provided road users on Thunderbolts Way with a wider and safer crossing, ensuring the traffic needs of the Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding communities are met well into the future,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Transport for NSW is now preparing to remove the old bridge in line with the recommendations in the Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, and is inviting the community to comment on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for this process.”
Mr Johnsen said removing the old bridge would reduce environmental impacts and ongoing maintenance costs, and prevent safety risks associated with the weathering and deterioration of the old structure.
“The old bridge was built in 1920, and through our Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, we have delivered a project that balances up-to-date infrastructure with heritage conservation,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The REF has taken into consideration the views of experts and local stakeholders regarding both the environmental and social impacts of removing the bridge. Work also includes rehabilitation of the area, while the original structure will be remembered with a proposed installation of interpretive signs.”
Feedback is being invited on the REF, which is available to view online at rms.work/barrington. Hard copies of the REF are also available to view at:
- Mid Coast Council, 89 King Street, Gloucester – 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- Gloucester Library and Gloucester Information Centre, 27 Denison Street, Gloucester
- Barrington Store, 12-16 Argyle Street, Barrington.
Members of the community are encouraged to submit feedback for consideration from 9am on Monday, 12 October until 5pm on Thursday, 12 November.