Bridge not too far away for Sportsmans

PLANS for a new bridge over Sportsmans Creek at Lawrence are progressing well, with a tender awarded to Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd to investigate upgrade options.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis yesterday said it was good news for the community eager for progress.

"The $13 million NSW Government-funded upgrade is part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government Bridges to the Bush program, which aims to improve productivity by helping road freight to move around the state more efficiently," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The upgrade will bring the bridge up to existing standards and enable it to accommodate modern traffic volumes including Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.

"This will be especially beneficial to cane and cattle industries in the Lawrence area, which rely on the bridge for access to local markets and ports.

"Community consultation will be an important part of the project.

"It is anticipated this display will take place later this year, with a preferred option being determined by 2014."



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