Council receives state funding to help replace Summer Hill Bridge

Mr Johnsen, Cr Connors.
Mr Johnsen, Cr Connors.

Dungog Shire Council has scored a win in the latest round of the NSW Government's Fixing Country Roads program.

The Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced the council will receive the final funding needed to replace one of the shire's most dilapidated timber bridges - the Summer Hill Bridge.

The council had last year secured federal funding of $352,774 through the Federal Bridges Renewal Grant program for the bridge and now has the state funding to match it for the $705,548 replacement cost.

The single lane wooden bridge on Summer Hill Road at Summer Hill, north of Vacy, has a load limit and is regarded as being on an important local and freight route.

The council called tenders for both Tillegra Bridge and Summer Hill Bridge replacement which closed on January 30 this year.

Nine tenders were received and mayor John Connors said a contract should soon be signed with work on Summer Hill to start in July.

Mr Johnsen said Fixing Country Roads was a $543 million program which aimed to unlock the economic potential of regional NSW.

"These projects deliver important benefits for all our regional road users - from passengers to producers and from heavy truck drivers to the local school bus - who all use our local and regional roads," he said.

"They look to repair, strengthen, widen and seal roads, as well as strengthening, widening or replacing existing bridges and culverts.

"These projects are important in supporting the regional freight task in NSW, which is expected to increase by 12 percent to 286 million tonnes by 2036,."