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A community celebration has been held to mark the official opening of the new Charleyong Bridge, which was delivered months ahead of schedule.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said work on the new bridge was fast tracked, after recent damage to the old.

“The Liberals and Nationals in Government are committed to delivering the infrastructure needed to keep our communities connected,” Mr McCormack said.

“This $23 million project has delivered a new, stronger, concrete bridge along Nerriga Road, connecting Braidwood and Nowra via Nerriga.

“The new bridge will deliver safer journeys for motorists along Nerriga Road with wider lanes and new sealed road approaches.

“Access for the freight industry is also improved, with Higher Mass Vehicles Limit vehicles now able to use this route.”

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said local residents deserved some good news and something to celebrate, after an extremely tough summer for the region.

“The local community has really felt the brunt of the unprecedented bushfires, with many people losing their homes and livelihood,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government is committed to helping communities get back on their feet by funding the clean-up and getting our roads repaired and reopened as quickly as possible.

“By fast-tracking the new bridge as part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program, we’ve been able to make life just a little easier for the local community.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the quick opening of this bridge showed the commitment by Transport for NSW to keeping communities connected and safe on our road network.

“Recent bushfires had a severe impact on the old bridge through increased traffic and heavy vehicles, making it unsafe for vehicle or pedestrian access,” Mr Toole said.

“Detailed inspections of the bridge and specialist advice revealed that temporary repairs of the bridge would take up to eight weeks, in which time the new bridge would be open to traffic.

“We made the decision to divert construction efforts to the new bridge, opening the new bridge to traffic in less than six weeks instead.”

Senator for NSW Jim Molan said it was great to see the community come together this morning to mark this important milestone.

“These past few months have shown how resilient this community is but the closure of the old bridge and the extra 35-minutes travel time the detour added was an unneeded stress,” Senator Molan said.

“It is important we celebrate occasions like the opening of the new Charleyong Bridge, as this new bridge will make a huge difference to the community and benefit generations to come.”

Work will continue to complete construction of the new bridge and road approaches for several months with a 40km/h speed limit and intermittent delays in place.

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