Urgent upgrades are needed to a more than 70-year-old bridge in the State’s Mid-North, which cannot bear the burden of modern agricultural freight.
The Pine Creek Bridge on the Laura to Appila Road which was built back in the 1940s, and has a 30-tonne load limit which means that agricultural, livestock, and any general freight to Adelaide has to take a detour along an unsealed road, which adds a further 5km to their journey.
Member for Frome Geoff Brock is hoping to receive Federal Government funding under the bridges program, which is capped at $5 million, but is also calling for the State Government to allocate grant funding towards the remainder of the upgrade costs.
The estimated cost to upgrade the bridge currently sits around $9 million, however that figure rises every year the work is not done.
Mayor Ben Brown of the Northern Areas Council who own the bride, says he supports any attempts to upgrade the Pine Creek Bridge.
Photo: By Frome Parliament Office