Above: Among the attendees at this morning’s announcement of funding for a new Tarriaro bridge, from left, Road Services manager Luke McDermott, the mayor Cathy Redding, Cr Ron Campbell, new bridge advocate Leonie Grumley and council’s Design Services manager Anthony Smetanin.

A new, two lane concrete bridge is to be built across the Namoi River at Tarriaro, replacing the 1975 single lane structure once described by Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries as the ‘most dangerous bridge in the district.’

The volume of vehicles using the bridge has grown dramatically in recent years as mining and agricultural traffic has increased.

Tyre skid marks on the approaches are a testament to ‘near misses’ as vehicles have approached simultaneously from either end.

Mr Humphries announced the $1.78 million new bridge, funded under the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund program, at Tarriaro this morning.

“The expansion of the mining industry in the area has resulted in greater traffic volumes and heavy equipment regularly using the bridge” he said.