Needhams Road is a key access route for local farming and forestry industries. Due to a single-lane timber bridge with a load limit of 25 tonnes, heavy vehicles had restricted access.
Kyogle Council received funding to replace the original bridge with a new 35m concrete bridge. This removed previous weight restrictions.
These bridges are designed and manufactured locally by Kyogle Council. They are made in Woodenbong. Kyogle is one of the only councils in NSW that do this process themselves.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today joined Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland to officially open the bridge to traffic.
Mr Hogan said this new bridge is a “terrific outcome for the community.”
“This will increase productivity by allowing larger B-double vehicles to use the road,” He said.
“It’s also secured the viability of the route for many years to come, as well as reducing ongoing maintenance costs for the council.”
Cr Mulholland said this is “important for primary producers and is essential for residents and ratepayers.”
“Council continues to focus on improving connectivity across its whole local government area,” She said.
“These important projects would not be possible without the support of the Federal and State Governments.”
Mulcahys Bridge was funded by $435,000 from the Federal Government, $435,000 from the NSW State Government, and $30,000 from NSW Forestry Corp.