Turners Flat Bridge replacement

Media release - 22 September 2017

Kempsey Shire Council has welcomed almost $2 million in Federal Government funding to replace Turners Flat bridge.

Under round three of the Bridges Renewal Program, Council has received $1,995,615 to replace, widen, and increase the deck height of the bridge by one metre. The total cost of the project is $4 million.

The bridge was closed in 2009 for an extended period of time after two full spans were destroyed by flooding and in March this year due to flooding.

Council’s Acting Director Operations, Robert Scott, said replacing the old bridge was identified as one of the strategic priority projects in Council’s Delivery Program.

“The ageing structure is the largest timber bridge in the shire and the only bridge crossing the Macleay River that isn’t already concrete,” Mr Scott said.

“The bridge is used quite often by residents and heavy vehicles associated with quarry and rural activities so by widening the bridge it will allow two lanes of traffic to safely pass through.

“We will also be increasing the deck height by one metre which will halve the number of times that the bridge is closed due to flooding.”

Turners Flat Bridge across the Macleay RiverThe old timber bridge at Turners Flat will be replaced, widened and raised after council received almost $2 million in Federal Government funding.