The Eunony Bridge was officially opened today (21 September 2020) following a $10.6M six-month project to strengthen and widen the structure.
- Construction to strengthen and widen the Eunony Bridge started on 14 February 2020 and took approximately six months to complete.
- The bridge opened to traffic on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
- Completion of the construction phase took approximately 40,000 ‘work-hours’ of construction, with crews on operating on a seven-day working week.
- A large crane with a 60-metre boom played a critical role in the removal of five sections of the old deck and replacement with the new deck.
- The bridge now conforms to a rating SM1600, which can take loads of up to 160 tonnes, and it has a lifespan of 100 years.
- The project creates a new route for HML vehicles, which will reduce heavy vehicle traffic in Wagga Wagga’s CBD and has the potential to save up to 36 minutes or 21 kilometres for HML vehicles on a round trip.
- The bridge will be a key link for the Wagga Wagga High Productivity Freight Route linking the Sturt Highway to the Bomen Business Park and Riverina Intermodal Freight & Logistics (RiFL) Hub and connecting to the Olympic Highway.
- The construction project involved principal contractor, BMD Constructions, along with Delta Group, and Hawthorne Civil, and several local companies, including s Riverina Cranes, Wagga Mobile Cranes, Sydenham Plumbing and Plant Hire, JRC and CRS.
Wagga Wagga City Council received $9.8M in Federal and State government funding towards the $10.6M project:
- $4.9M – Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal program; and
- $4.9M – NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program