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Bridge projects commissioned

Geoff Helisma

Clarence Valley Council (CVC) has commissioned the construction of two new concrete bridges to replace wooden bridges damaged by bushfires in late 2019.

Sunshine Coast-based company Ark Construction Group was awarded the contracts to construct the Clouds Creek Bridge, Armidale Road ($1,836,115 excluding GST), and Chevalleys Bridge, Coaldale Road ($1,242,961 excluding GST).

The bridges are funded by government grants: Clouds Creek Bridge via “Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements”; and Chevalleys Bridge, 50 per cent of which is funded by the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges program and 50 per cent from Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The 50/50 funding arrangement for Chevallys Bridge is a result of the bridge’s upgrade from single to double lane.

“It was decided that the existing single lane bridge should be replaced with a two-lane structure to match the standard of the other recent bridge replacements on Coaldale Road,” the report to CVC’s May 25 meeting.

Councillors authorised the general manager to approve variations of up to 15 per cent of the contracts’ sums, without having to seek further councillor approval.

In March this year, the NSW Government granted $30.8 million in funding to Clarence Valley Council (CVC) to replace 31 timber bridges in the Clarence Valley.

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