NEW BRIDGE: Lismore MP Thomas George checks designs for the new Tabulam Bridge to be built under the Bridges for the Bush program.
NEW BRIDGE: Lismore MP Thomas George checks designs for the new Tabulam Bridge to be built under the Bridges for the Bush program. Contributed

Tenders being called to build new 290m bridge on Bruxner Hwy

THE new Bruxner Hwy bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam will soon be another step closer, with tenders now being called for the construction.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the old wooden bridge was being replaced as part of the NSW Government's Bridges for the Bush program, which aims to remove bottlenecks and improve safety of bridges in regional communities.

"Tabulam bridge forms part of the Bruxner Hwy, which provides the main connection for road users including heavy vehicles between the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and southern Queensland regions," he said.

"The overall width between kerbs of the existing bridge is 4.6m, accommodating only single lane traffic.

"The new bridge will be one lane in either direction to improve road transport productivity and traffic efficiency, and have a separate footpath to improve pedestrian and cycle safety.

"Tenders are being called for construction of the new bridge with a separate tender process to be carried out for the removal of the existing bridge once the new structure has opened to traffic.

"The contract includes building the new 290m Bruxner Hwy bridge, plus associated roadwork to ensure the structure is integrated with the surrounding road network."

A compulsory pre-tender meeting, including a site inspection, will be held on Thursday, August 11 at 11am at Tabulam Village Hall.

For more information visit www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/rms.

Tenders close at 2.30pm on Wednesday, September 7.