Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government supported the project with a $561,000 grant under its Bridges Renewal Program. “Bridges carrying cattle is cash in the shops, driving the local dollar further in Armidale and further building our New England economy,” Mr Joyce said. Armidale Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said the replacement of Pint Pot Bridge is another tick to strengthening the local economy and road infrastructure across the region. “The new concrete structure opens the route to heavy vehicles by eradicating the need for a road limit, and provides greater safety and longevity for all road users.
Council started construction on the replacement Pint Pot Bridge in October 2020 and completed work this month. The replacement of the bridge is part of Council’s Bridge Renewal Strategy that is progressively replacing or renewing aged timber bridges throughout the Armidale region, with 32 structures identified for the program.
Construction of a side track will begin during the last week of October and traffic will be diverted once the detour is in place. The project is scheduled to be completed by February 2021.
Council’s Bridge Renewal Program also includes the replacement of Dumaresq Creek Bridge on Cookes Road, which is expected to start in early 2021. The program has identified a total of 32 timber bridges for replacement. To date, it has been funded through the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and the NSW Government’s Stronger Regions Fund.