Council has acted on the concerns of local residents and has taken steps to replace the single lane Tarriaro Bridge at Turrawan, 13 km south east of Narrabri.
In 2016, regular users of the Tarriaro Bridge publicly raised safety concerns about the single lane bridge as mining, local and recreational traffic has brought about an increase in usage. Following consultation, the bridge was placed on the priority list to be upgraded with funding to be sought to complete the project.
“Council has listened to the community and has been working towards securing funds to commence the replacement of Tarriaro Bridge,” explained Director Infrastructure Delivery, Darren Raeck.
“Council recently applied for a grant through the NSW Government Resources for Regions program to secure $1.62 million for the works. Council will be co-contributing $500,000 of Voluntary Planning Agreement funding to make up the remaining funds to complete the project. A total of $2.12 million is required to complete the project.”
“The project will see the current single lane bridge replaced with a two lane bridge that will allow for two-way traffic, improving safety and allowing the free flow of traffic along this route.”
“Approaches and signage for the bridge will additionally be looked at to further improve safety for road users.”
As well as increased usage from the mining sector, Council is aware that many locals are crossing the bridge as a “short cut” onto the Kamilaroi Highway, along with an increased number of recreational visitors, who are fishing and camping in the area. Historical traffic count data has shown that traffic movement on this road has almost doubled since 2008.
“Council has an excellent track record in recent time with previous bridges constructed under Resources for Regions funding being constructed on time and under budget. We are hoping that this track record will hold us in good stead for this application."