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Construction of a new concrete bridge to replace an old timber bridge over Tom’s Cap Creek near Willung South is now complete.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new bridge on Tom’s Cap Road had been funded by the Federal Government.

“The old timber bridge was showing signs of wear and tear and vehicles weighing more than eight tonnes were unable to use it,” Mr Chester said.

“This bridge carries a variety of vehicles, including local traffic, logging trucks, forestry vehicles and visitors enjoying the area.

“The new bridge will be able to carry heavier loads and improve efficiency for vehicles working the area.

“It will also be safer for residents who use the bridge on a day-to-day basis and visitors unfamiliar with the road.”

Wellington Shire Mayor, Cr Carolyn Crossley said the new bridge was not load limited.

“That means the new concrete and steel structure will be able to support legal loads,” Cr Crossley said.

“AgTrans Services won the tender to build the bridge and has just completed works.”

The Federal Government is contributing $139,700 to fund the replacement of the bridge under its Roads to Recovery Program.  Wellington Shire Council will receive around $4.44 million from Roads To Recovery in the current financial year.

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