Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Foundations laid for Kempsey bridge replacement

Works to replace Kempsey’s Silvermine Bridge are continuing after the foundations were set in place last week.

Kempsey Shire Council are replacing the bridge using pre-fabricated components to minimise the time that the crossing is out of action.

Silvermine is the latest of 56 bridges across the shire set to be replaced across a number of years, with safer, more durable concrete bridges replacing ageing timber bridges, Council said today.

“The replacement of Silvermine Bridge will help us deliver a more resilient shire,” said Kempsey Shire Council Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Dylan Reeves.

“The new bridges will be safer, more durable and able to withstand larger loads.

“We have worked extensively to keep the community informed about the project and especially during the recent flood. We thank the residents for their patience,” he said.

Council secured $20.5 million in funding for the Silvermine Bridge replacement project from the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges program. Council is also set to contribute around 10% of costs from its general fund to the project.

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