Two new bridges on Upper Macdonald
Hawkesbury City Council has completed two major bridge projects at Upper Macdonald Road, Higher Macdonald.
The two timber bridges over the Macdonald River were in very poor condition and had reached the end of their service life. Works commenced in January this year to replace the bridges with reinforced concrete structures. The new bridges were completed in October 2017.
The construction of the two bridges cost $1.63 million combined, which was funded by Council using a loan from the NSW Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.
The bridge which is just over 14km from St Albans is almost 10.5 metres long and 4.5 metres wide, with a replacement cost of $734,243
The other bridge, which is just over 20km from St Albans, is almost 14.5 metres long and close to five metres wide, with a replacement cost of $886,334.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said the bridge replacements have greatly improved vehicle safety.
“I’m delighted to announce the completion of these projects,” the Mayor said.
“The bridges are constructed of reinforced concrete to better withstand potential flood events.
“They are also very important for providing continuity of access for local residents,” she added.
“The new bridges will certainly benefit our local St Albans residents, the wider Hawkesbury community and the many visitors who love touring this beautiful region.”
The NSW Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme provides NSW councils with a four per cent interest subsidy over 10 years on loans to promote the completion of various infrastructure projects.
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