New two-lane Kadina Bridge improves safety and connectivity
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack joined Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor Barbara Newton today to officially open the new Kadina Bridge on The Bogan Way west of Parkes.
The upgrade is part of the Australian Government’s $75 billion commitment to building critical infrastructure in local communities across the nation, including the Riverina and Central West.
“Agriculture is a major pillar within the Parkes economy, employing about 12 per cent of the shire’s population and contributing about seven per cent of the Gross Regional Product,” Mr McCormack said.
“The new two-lane bridge will improve safety and reduce transport costs for farming and other road users such as school buses and emergency services.
“The bridge will also provide a vital link in the Parkes freight network which includes the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. Parkes will become a major centre for freight and funding for projects such as this bridge will improve the local economy and create local jobs.”
Councillor Newton thanked the Australian Government for its significant contribution to this project which facilitates improved safety for motorists, increases connectivity throughout Parkes Shire and ensures the long-term viability of this major transport route.
“With agriculture one of our shire’s strongest industries, The Bogan Way has become a main collector arterial road for heavy vehicles and agricultural freight. It was therefore necessary to replace the narrow single lane bridge in order to accommodate two lanes of traffic and enable the route to be accessible to road train traffic,” Cr Newton said.
“The upgrade and widening of Kadina Bridge has provided a safer and more sustainable connection route for motorists and heavy vehicle operators, as well as connecting the commercial centres of Trundle, Tullamore and Bogan Gate with other regional centres.”
The Australian Government contributed $297,000 to the project through the Bridges Renewal Program and Parkes Shire Council contributed $298,000.