Locals are being given a chance to name the new $7 million bridge at Lake Macquarie’s The Weir Road, Barnsley, the local council has announced.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said submissions to name the new, dual-lane structure were now open, and encouraged the community to help play a part in local history.
“This game-changing project will enhance driver safety and the construction of a 3m-wide shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge will provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclists,” Mayor Fraser said.
It’s envisaged the new bridge – which is on track to open mid-year – will improve road safety and cut travel times for drivers.
The original weir crossing, constructed in 1925, was deemed unsafe last year and was permanently closed to motorists. The single-lane causeway was known to flood multiple times a year and was repeatedly closed to drivers after moderate rainfall events.
Council Deputy CEO, Tony Farrell said the bridge had been under construction since August 2021, and the next step was to name it.
“We’re asking the community to suggest names for the structure, with Council to review submissions before recommending a name to Transport for NSW,” Mr Farrell said.
The NSW Geographical Names Board has recommended the new title should be three words or less and easy to pronounce. It also encourages the use of Aboriginal names and words which acknowledge the multicultural nature of society.
“A unique name for the new Weir Road Bridge will recognise and celebrate the historical culture and social connections in our city,” said Mr Farrell.
Community members can have their say at lakemac.com.au/Projects/Barnsley-Weir-Road-Bridge. Submissions close on Wednesday 16 February 2022.
The Australian Government has contributed $4.7 million to the project through its Bridges Renewal Program, with Council contributing the remainder.