A major milestone was reached last month on the project to replace the Lignum Creek Bridge on the Mid Western Highway, 60 kilometres west of Grenfell, with the concrete poured to form the new bridge deck.

Ms Cooke said the NSW Government has invested $6.7 million under the Bridges for the Bush program for the work to demolish the existing old wooden bridge and replace it with a new, wider, 72 metre long concrete bridge which would be able to better accommodate heavy vehicles.

“Work started on the bridge replacement in July 2018 and is progressing well, with the project on track to be completed in mid-2019. Once completed, motorists, and particularly heavy vehicle operators, will enjoy a much smoother ride across the longer, wider concrete bridge,” Ms Cooke said.

“Now this milestone has been reached, work has started on connecting the existing highway to the new bridge, and putting the finishing touches on the bridge, including the side rails and new road surface on the bridge deck.

“A bypass track is being used to divert traffic during the work on the new bridge, ensuring as few traffic disruptions as possible along the Mid Western Highway.”

Changed traffic conditions will continue at the work site, including reduced speed zones for the safety of workers and road users with intermittent lane closures during the construction of the road approaches.

Motorists should plan their trip, allow extra travel time and follow the direction of traffic control and all signs, including reduced speed limits.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during this time.

For further information on the bridge replacement project and to view timelapse footage of the bridge being built visit rms.work/lignum