The contractor to carry out construction of the $23 million Gee Gee Bridge, east of Swan Hill, NSW, has been announced.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the bridge was identified for replacement under the Timber Truss Bridge Strategy, which was endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW in August 2012.
“The bridge currently has a single traffic lane and vehicles give way to oncoming traffic. It is unsuitable for higher mass limit or oversized vehicles and cannot be upgraded to meet the future operational needs along this strategic freight route,” the spokesperson said.
“The replacement bridge will be a two-lane concrete structure across the Wakool River and floodplain, 15 to 20 metres downstream (north) of the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge. It will be about 245 metres long.
“As part of the project, Roads and Maritime Services will also realign about 1.4 kilometres of Noorong Road, and demolish and remove the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge,” the spokesperson said.
The bridge will become a Wakool Shire Council asset once its finished in late 2020, weather permitting.