The steel bridge across Wallon Creek on the Newell Highway north of Moree will undergo $4.5 million in strengthening work to ensure it remains suitable for all vehicles, especially an increasing number of trucks.
Work on the bridge, 30 kilometres north of Moree, started on Tuesday (February 23) and will ensure the continued safety of all motorists and efficient movement of freight in the region.
Constructed in 1967, the bridge has stood up to drought followed by heavy rainfall and has served its purpose well but needs to be strengthened to ensure it meets the community and freight industry's needs into the future.
This project will support 10 jobs and includes underpinning the existing bridge with new steel to strengthen the structure.
Once completed, temporary traffic controls will be removed and the speed limit increased from 80km/h to 110km/h to align with the rest of the Newell Highway between Moree and Boggabilla.
In early April, Newell Highway traffic will be diverted onto a side-track for the duration of the strengthening work which is expected to be completed by the end of June.
Work on the side track will be carried out from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting.