OBERON mayor Kathy Sajowitz says Oberon visitors will benefit from a $1.5 million project that has now kicked off to replace the Abercrombie River Bridge.
The road between Oberon and Goulburn will be improved as the existing low-level single lane timber bridge, which was constructed in the 1950s, is replaced with a new two-lane concrete culvert bridge.
As well, new two-lane road approaches approximately 450 metres long will be built as part of the project.
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The $1.5m project is jointly funded by the Federal Government, NSW Government and Upper Lachlan Shire Council, with work carried out by Oberon Council.
Cr Sajowitz said the project was a good example of neighbouring councils working together.
“Oberon Council is pleased to be working in conjunction with Upper Lachlan Shire Council on the planning and construction of the replacement of the Abercrombie River Bridge, which will benefit residents and visitors to both shires, as well as enhancing the Tablelands Way experience,” she said.
Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said it was good to see construction begin.
“The bridge is the most direct link between Oberon and Goulburn. It is wonderful to see work commence on this vital local piece of infrastructure, which, when completed, will encourage economic and tourism opportunities,” Ms Goward said.
Upper Lachlan mayor John Stafford said the existing bridge, constructed in the 1950s, is showing its age as well as the effects of several floods and increased heavy vehicle traffic in the form of B-double logging trucks, general freight trucks and livestock transport vehicles.
“On behalf of Upper Lachlan Shire Council, I would like to thank the federal and NSW governments for making this project possible through this investment in our shire, which is in addition to $88,000 in funding from council," he said.
"I would also like to thank Oberon Council for working with us to advance the project.”
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the Federal Government was pleased to contribute $762,000 towards the project under its Bridges to Renewal Program.
The bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in June.