There are a lot of excited locals now that work has commenced on the $1.5 million replacement of the Abercrombie River Bridge, located on the Abercrombie Road, north of Taralga.
The project will replace the existing single lane timber bridge with a new two-lane concrete culvert bridge. New two-lane road approaches will also be constructed.
The existing bridge, constructed in the 1950s, is showing its age, as well as the effects of several flood events, and increased heavy vehicle traffic in the form of B-double logging trucks, general freight trucks and livestock transport vehicles.
The bridge is the most direct link between Oberon and Goulburn. Replacing this vital local infrastructure will improve safety for local road users, encourage economic and tourism opportunities, and significantly increase the lifespan of the ageing bridge.
The project, which is expected to be completed in June, is a wonderful example of neighbouring councils and all levels of government working together to improve local infrastructure. Work will be carried out by Oberon Council. The project is also jointly funded with $675,000 under the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, $762,000 from the federal government’s Bridges to Renewal Program and $88,000 from Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
Motorists should be mindful that traffic control measures will be in place during the construction period, which are expected to cause temporary delays to traffic.
Road users should plan for delays and exercise caution regarding traffic control arrangements.