Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced work is set to start mid year on the Lignum Creek Bridge replacement on the Mid Western Highway, around 60 kilometres west of Grenfell, following a competitive tender process.

Ms Cooke said the NSW Government provided $6.7 million under the Bridges for the Bush program to replace the old wooden bridge with a new, wider concrete bridge which can accommodate heavy vehicles.

“The project to build a new 72 metre long concrete bridge attracted tenders from five prequalified companies in an open tender process which closed on Friday March 9,” Ms Cooke said.

“Nelmac Pty Ltd was selected by Roads and Maritime Services to build the Lignum Creek Bridge project and demolish the existing bridge across Lignum Creek,” she said.

“Work to demolish the old bridge and build the new bridge, from pre-tensioned precast concrete planks, is scheduled to start in late June and is expected to take about 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

“The new bridge will be stronger and wider with lower maintenance costs compared to the existing timber bridge. 

“A bypass track has already been built and will be used to divert traffic during the work on the new bridge, ensuring as few traffic disruptions as possible along the Mid Western Highway.”

Ms Cooke said the bridge, originally built in 1937, had reached the end of its life and needed replacing.