Bridge unlikely to jump queue

SOUTH Coast MP Shelley Hancock says construction of a new Nowra bridge won’t jump ahead of other road projects any time soon, dismissing speculation that would as rumour.

“I think hypothetically it would jump the queue if there were real structural issues … we have made sure that’s not the case,” she said.

“A quarter of a million is spent each year in maintaining and repairing the bridge.

“At the moment there are no major problems.”

Mrs Hancock said after community consultation on where the new bridge would be preferred there should be initial indications of location by June or July.

“It’s been identified as a regional transport plan priority,” she said.

“We can’t do anything without federal government assistance because it is expensive. 

“We are going to need more help if we need to replace that bridge.”

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said the bridge was 133 years old and originally built as a railway bridge and never designed to cope with extensive traffic

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