While we’ve seen a lot of images of NSW flood waters this week, it’s hoped this one will be a positive sign.
Opening to traffic for the first time since undertaking a major facelift, the Weir Bridge at Barnsley finally flaunted its $8.6 million transformation.
Motorists from Teralba, Killingworth and Barnsley, once frustrated by regular flooding at the Cockle Creek crossing, are expected to be impressed with the new dual-lane structure.
The bridge was officially opened on Friday morning by Hunter MP Dan Repacholi and Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser.
Cr Fraser says the structure will provide safer and faster travel for motorists in northern Lake Macquarie.
“The old weir crossing was prone to flooding, which regularly disrupted the journey of motorists travelling between Barnsley and Teralba before it was permanently closed due to storm damage ,” she said.
“This new bridge will provide a safe and convenient crossing for our community whatever the weather.”
The project also included realignment of The Weir Road and construction of a 3m-wide shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge.
Mr Repacholi said the project, which was jointly-funded through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Fund and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, would improve reliability of the transport network through the area.
“Nothing is more important than ensuring people get home safe and sound at the end of each road trip, whether it’s just a quick run to the local shops or an interstate freight haul,” he explained.
“That’s why our government is committed to building a better future for the Hunter Region and for all Australians by delivering infrastructure like The Weir Bridge.”
The Weir Road Bridge was built in 1925.
It was closed to traffic in early 2021 amid safety concerns.
In January 2022 LMCC sought community feedback on a new name for the new bridge.
As yet no there has been no update on the council’s chosen name.