Funding for more than 100 bridges and culverts across Australia’s eastern states will provide engineering assessments to support the upkeep of local council assets.
One hundred and fourteen bridges and 11 culverts across 33 different councils in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are ear-marked for the assessments.
The funding is part of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).
The federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said “the structures were selected based on whether the locations were on priority freight routes and would deliver potential improved access for heavy vehicles”.
In Victoria, bridges in five council areas will receive engineering assessments with Northern Grampians Shire Council topping the list. In NSW, Shoalhaven City Council has 18 bridges that will be assessed with 17 councils with bridges awaiting assessment. And in Queensland, 11 councils’ structures are on the list for assessment, with Livingstone Shire Council with the most at nine.
When the assessments are done, councils can use this information to apply for funding for the upkeep of their bridges or culverts. This latest funding brings SKGAAP’s total number of assessments to 590 across 88 councils and takes the total funding up to $20 million for this initiative.
Image: McConnell Dowell was the principal contractor responsible for upgrading 21 bridges in South Australia. Source: McConnell Dowell