Lake Macquarie City Council awards tender for bridge replacement proje

Published on 10 May 2022

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Construction will begin on a $3.1 million replacement of a 50-year-old bridge at Wilton Road, Awaba this July.

Civil and bridge construction experts Symal Infrastructure NSW were awarded the tender for the works.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the replacement of this vital asset would benefit the whole community by increasing safety, amenity and accessibility.

“The bridge, which was originally constructed in September 1969, is nearing the end of its useful life,” Cr Fraser said.

“For the past few years, load limits have been in place to allow vehicles to continue to use the bridge until we could replace the aging structure.

“The works will bring the bridge back up to standard, allowing us to remove the load limits and reintroduce two-lane traffic across the bridge, making it much safer for motorists travelling this route.”

The project received $1.7 million in State Government funding under the Fixing Country Bridges Program, with Council contributing the remainder.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the bridge at Wilton Road is one of over 400 bridges across NSW that will benefit under the Program.

“Fixing Country Bridges is a $500 million NSW Government program enabling councils to replace hundreds of ageing timber bridges and better connect regional and rural communities,” Mr Farraway said.

“Bridges play a vital role in regional NSW, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services. These connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.”

The works will also include the construction of a shared pathway to facilitate safe pedestrian and cycle movements across the bridge, an upgrade to the entry to Awaba Railway Station car park and the relocation of a water main.

Symal Infrastructure NSW Senior Project Manager Alex Daffy said they are delighted to partner with Council to deliver the Wilton Road Bridge at Awaba.

“With our NSW headquarters based in Newcastle and several of our employees residing in Lake Macquarie we are extremely excited for the opportunity to be part of upgrading key infrastructure in our backyard.”

Council’s Special Projects Officer Micah Barnes said to accommodate the bridge replacement works, a bridge closure of up to 10 days is required.

“The closure is expected to take place in August 2022, however, once a date is confirmed further notification will be provided to the community,” Mr Barnes said.

“During the closure, vehicles will need to use alternative routes to access the area. Pedestrian access across the bridge to Awaba Station will be maintained during the bridge closure.” 

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