New bridge cuts 25 kilometres off trip

Shortcut: Grant Baker, Scott Ferguson and Andrew Gee inspect the construction of the new bridge on Felltimber Road near Carcoar – the first bridge to be rebuilt as part of the Blayney Shire Bridge Renewal Project.

Shortcut: Grant Baker, Scott Ferguson and Andrew Gee inspect the construction of the new bridge on Felltimber Road near Carcoar – the first bridge to be rebuilt as part of the Blayney Shire Bridge Renewal Project.

The ricketty old timber bridge across the Coombing Creek on Felltimber Road will soon be no more following the commencement of work to replace it with a new concrete bridge.

The new bridge will have no load limits and will remove a 25 kilometre detour.

The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester said that the new bridge was all part of the Bridges Renewal Program. 

“The program upgrades local bridges across the country ensuring communities and businesses can access essential services and easily move freight,” he said.

Funded by the Federal Government and Blayney Shire Council, who have each committed $165,000, Blayney’s mayor, Scott Ferguson said that the project will provide a boost to the local economy.

“Understanding of the region’s unique infrastructure requirements and capacity for strategic planning has made this bridge future proof,’ he said.

Member for Calare Andrew Gee said that the bridge would allow better connections for emergency vehicles.