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February 27, 2015

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced today the Federal Government will fund a new Bosworth Road Bridge in Bairnsdale.
A total of $342,000 will be allocated towards the replacement bridge, under Round One of the government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.
The total cost of the bridge is $685,000, with East Gippsland Shire Council funding the remaining costs. 

The Bosworth Road bridge had been closed to traffic since mid-2014 after concerns were raised about its structural integrity. The current one lane wooden bridge will replaced with a two lane steel and concrete bridge.
Mr Chester said replacing the bridge would reinstate an important road connection to the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange and Bairnsdale industrial estate.
“I’ve been lobbying my federal colleagues on behalf of East Gippsland Shire Council to fund this bridge replacement and it great for the local community that this has come to fruition,” Mr Chester said.
“The bridge provides an important link between Saleyards Road and Bosworth Road. Its reopening will take heavy vehicles off the inner streets and provide another route to the Bairnsdale industrial estate.”
Mr Chester said the Australian Government had committed $114 million under Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, with a total commitment of $300 million over five years.
“The Nationals recognise that regional councils like East Gippsland face extra costs compared to metropolitan areas due to having a higher number of older timber bridges that require regular maintenance,” Mr Chester said.
“That is why in Coalition we have introduced the Bridges Renewal program to assist regional communities and councils with the backlog of urgent bridge maintenance.”

Caption: Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester MP at the Bosworth Rd bridge, which will be replaced in a project funded by the Federal Government and East Gippsland Shire Council.