Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New Burrill Lake Bridge to open for October long weekend 2018

Following last weekend’s community walk across the new $58 million Burrill Lake Bridge, Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock joined with Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today to officially open and welcome motorists onto the new bridge just in time for the busy long weekend period.

Mrs Hancock said in April last year with the turning of the first sod the NSW Government delivered on the promise to build a new causeway across Burrill Lake and today celebrated its opening to traffic.

“Around 30,000 motorists are expected to use the new bridge across the long weekend, enabling them to get to their destination safely,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Long-term, the bridge will improve the reliability of the Princes Highway for the more than 5,550 vehicles who use the bridge daily, 12.5 per cent of which are heavy vehicles.

“Most importantly the bridge will provide a lake crossing and road approaches designed above the one in 100 year flood level which is important for both freight movements and commuters.

“Local residents have been calling for the new bridge for more than 25 years and it was so exciting to be able to finally walk the new bridge last Saturday with more than 2,000 of them.

“The opening of the bridge to traffic is great news for the community as another section of highway is now available for use, improving safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Last Saturday we invited community members to walk across the new bridge to thank them for their contributions and patience throughout the project and today we are able to welcome motorists onto the new bridge. Today is a historic day!

“There’s still some minor works remaining including connecting nearby local roads to the Princes Highway and of course the removal of the old bridge, all expected to be fully completed early 2018.

“Once again I, and Roads and Maritime Services, thank the community for its patience while work is carried out,” Mrs Hancock said.

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Published: 29 Sept 2017

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