Four new bridge projects will be delivered in the Barker electorate following the announcement of successful projects under round three of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.The Stott Highway Bridge is one of three projects in the Barossa and Mid-Murray region to receive federal funding under the program.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin, said the $1,254,000 upgrade to Stott Highway Bridge is an important improvement to local in infrastructure that would improve safety and productivity.
“The replacement of Stott Highway bridge will widen the two lane concrete bridge increasing the load limit from 44 tone to 166 tone, extending the useful life of the bridge and allowing for improved community access and heavy vehicle access. It also removes the potential 63km detour if the bridge fails or load restrictions are enforced,” said Mr Pasin.
Mr Pasin said he had worked to identify key bridges for replacement or upgrade, with the improvements set to increase connectivity in the region.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $162.53 million funding toward round three of the Bridges Renewal program was in addition to the $216 million committed under the first two rounds.
“The renewal and upgrade of 186 bridges under this round will deliver social and economic benefits throughout regional Australia,” Mr Chester said.
The Federal Government’s financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents. To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government’s contribution under round three has been limited to $5 million per project.
For more information on the program, including a full list of successful Round Three projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.
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