Broughton Valley Road bridge, just south of Spalding, has been officially replaced and is open for use.
Opened on Wednesday by Russell Schmidt of Clare Quarry (bridge constructor), Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Northern Areas Council mayor Denis Clark, the bridge features a two-lane concrete culvert structure.
Mayor Clark said the bridge was now safer and wider, which was a great result for the Spalding community and visitors to the area.
“We would like to thank Clare Quarry, which has been pivotal in the development of the new bridge, having contributed almost half the required funding as well as commissioning the design and carrying out the bridge and road alignment works,” Mr Clark said.
The $384,193 Broughton Valley Road Bridge Replacement project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $192,096, the Northern Areas Council committing $8,000 and Clare Quarry committing $184,097.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the completion of the Broughton Valley Road Bridge would be a great benefit to the local economy.
Mr Ramsey gave credit to the Schmidt family and Clare Quarry for the work they did in constructing the bridge.
“They have done a superb job,” Mr Ramsey said.
“It is a bridge that benefits the whole community the care taken in building the rock cladding actually makes the whole are a tourist attraction.”
The new bridge’s higher load capacity would increase the efficiency of Clare Quarry’s delivery of raw materials to construction projects in South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as farmers’ deliveries to market.
The former bridge was located mostly on private land outside the road reserve, requiring heavy vehicles to go through a river ford to cross the river, which was tough on the trucks and subject to damage.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack who could not attend the opening said the new bridge’s higher load capacity allowed for road train access.
“Instead of having to take a detour of up to 30 kilometres, road trains and other heavy vehicles can now travel across Hutt River quickly and easily,” Mr McCormack said.
“This will save travel time, increasing the industry competitiveness of some great Australian small businesses such as Clare Quarry and farming and contracting operations, helping the local economy to grow.”