Federal funding for Tittie Gee Creek Bridge welcomed

Burnie City Council welcomes funding to assist the replacement of the Tittie Gee Creek Bridge, which was announced this week under the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

The Federal Government has committed $121,500, towards the $289,208 project which will allow Council to replace the current single lane timber bridge on Upper Natone Road, with a wider two-lane concrete bridge. Council will fund the remainder of the project.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “This week’s announcement of Federal Government funding for the Tittie Gee Creek Bridge is a great outcome for residents and regular users of this piece of road infrastructure. Replacing the current bridge with a two-lane bridge will not only improve traffic flow but it will also address the current sightline restrictions as well as permit Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicle access.”

“The current condition of the Tittie Gee Creek Bridge has meant that Council has refused HML applications across this bridge, as well as excluding the bridge from it’s over-size, over-mass and crane access strategic routes, due to potential overloading concerns. The new concrete bridge will potentially reduce HML travel times by opening up the Upper Natone Road route. For example, the new two-lane bridge will allow HML access to occur along the full extent of Upper Natone Road, and link nearby forest resources to the Surrey Hills Mill – removing up to a 60km bypass for associated HML vehicles.”

“Further degradation of the bridge would result in a load limit being applied, which would significantly inconvenience residents, rural businesses and other industries who would need to use alternative routes.”

“However, it is not only big industry that will benefit from these improvements, the new bridge will also provide a safer and easier level of access for local residents and smaller industry.”

“Council would like to thank the Federal Government for their financial contribution to the project.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net