Lake Mac to benefit from Bridges Renewal Program funding

Published on 02 October 2020

Lake Macquarie City Council has welcomed the announcement of $2.65 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program to replace the Barnsley Weir Bridge at Barnsley and strengthen the Cooranbong Bridge at Freemans Drive, Coornabong.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the bridge funding is a perfect example of regional infrastructure investment that will enhance safety and access for both local drivers and commercial vehicles, improve road connectivity and support job creation in light of COVID-19.

“Both bridges are in poor condition and need to be upgraded, so it is great timing for our community to see this type of investment that will support jobs as our City recovers from the pandemic,” Cr Fraser said.

“While I’m sure the entire Lake Macquarie community welcome this announcement, I’m sure Barnsley, Teralba and Cooranbong residents will be thrilled to hear that this much-needed funding has been secured, and they will soon be able to travel through these areas with increased safety and comfort.”

Council will also contribute funding for these two important infrastructure projects.

Cooranbong Bridge

  • The upgrade of the Cooranbong Bridge will bring significant improvements to passenger and freight transport in the west of Lake Macquarie.
  • Federal Government funding received: $650,000
  • Design work is under way and it is expected construction will commence in early 2021.

Weir Road

  • The existing Weir Road crossing over Cockle Creek is a single lane, two-way, mid-level concrete causeway that was constructed in 1925. The Weir is closed multiple times a year due to flooding, with all traffic, including heavy vehicles, prevented from travelling this route between Barnsley and Teralba. The alternative route takes significantly longer, particularly for heavy vehicles.
  • Federal funding received: $2 million. Matching funding ($2 million) has been sought from the NSW Government. Council has planned to fund the remainder of the $5.254 million project.
  • Design work is under way and it is expected construction will commence in mid-2021.

For more information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx