The Coalition Government is continuing to upgrade bridges on regional roads with new investments in 27 projects totalling $48.3 million under the Bridges Renewal Program.
The projects will replace and widen bridges, strengthen existing structures, and upgrade floodways to bridges.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said that with 85 per cent of projects under the Bridges Renewal Program located in regional areas, this funding will further improve our regional roads and keep regional communities connected.
“Improving our bridges reduces the time it takes to get produce to market and helps to keep our supply chains running smoothly,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“These projects will strengthen regional businesses and the economy, create local jobs, and improve safety for freight drivers and regional communities.
“The Coalition Government is getting the job done by delivering the infrastructure needed to improve regional roads that have been neglected and left to deteriorate under Labor.”
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the funding would support more projects and jobs, while boosting regional industries and the national freight industry.\
“The Government’s ongoing support for the freight industry recognises its critical role in keeping the nation moving and our economy thriving,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.
“Keeping our bridges well-maintained is important for successful supply chain management.”
In the 2022-23 Budget the Coalition Government allocated an additional $40 million to the Bridges Renewal Program over the next four years, taking the total funding commitment to nearly $900 million. This brings the annual commitment from 2023-24 to 2025-26 to $95 million.
Since the Bridges Renewal Program commenced in 2015–16 it has supported 730 projects, of which 495 projects have been completed.
A full list of successful projects is available below.