Sampsons Bridge funding
Published on 21 September 2017
SAMPSON BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AWARDED FUNDING
The replacement of the 50 year old Sampson’s Bridge on the Kerang-Leitchville Road will occur thanks to $471,350 in funding from the Federal Governments Bridges Renewal Program.
Mayor Brian Gibson said Council was matching the funding for the bridge replacement which would deliver critical infrastructure improvements for the Shire.
“The works will consist of replacing the current structure with a dual lane concrete bridge, similar to Wells Bridge replacement which was recently completed at Benjeroop.”
“What this will provide is a structure that can withstand higher mass limits with an increased load capacity,” Mayor Gibson explains.
Sampson’s Bridge is an important transport route for the area and the region, particularly the dairy and agriculture sector, providing a vital interstate and intrastate transport link, including to New South Wales and the Victorian regional centres of Swan Hill, Mildura, Echuca and Shepparton.
Council’s Director Infrastructure and Development Geoff Rollinson says the area is increasingly being used as a first and last mile transport route.
“We are finding that the Sampson’s Bridge route is increasingly being used to transport heavier loads, which is putting pressure on the current structure, hence the need for this replacement to occur.”
The $942,700 project is anticipated to begin construction in mid-2018.
For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website www.gsc.vic.gov.au
Date: 21 September 2017
Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627