New England Highway’s Bolivia Hill Bridge project opens to traffic

The New England Highway has opened the new bridge at Bolivia Hill to two lanes of traffic. Image: NSW Gov.

Motorists travelling on the 2.1-kilometre stretch of the New England Highway in New South Wales between Glen Innes and Tenterfield are enjoying safer and faster journeys, with a new bridge now fully open to traffic at Bolivia Hill.

The $134 million project has now been completed, with the bridge set to improve road safety for motorists, as well as improve travel efficiency for freight and local motorists.

The new 320-metre-long bridge will provide wider lanes for motorists in each direction and widened road shoulders to improve safety.

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the project would provide improved travel conditions for the 1,500 motorists, including 500 heavy vehicles, using the highway section daily.

“We have funded and delivered a vital piece of infrastructure to keep freight from local agricultural and mining businesses moving safely and efficiently,” Joyce said.

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project had delivered an economic boost to the region and motorists will benefit from the new bridge well into the future.

“At its peak, this project supported up to 200 jobs including for 50 locals, while 10 local contracting firms helped to deliver the final product,” Toole said.

SRG Civil and Georgiou Group delivered the project. The $134 million project was jointly funded, with $98 million contributed by the Federal Government and the remaining $36 million provided by the New South Wales Government.

An additional contribution from the New South Wales Government of $10.74 supported Transport NSW to deliver the works in despite the challenging terrain.

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