It’s taken more than 30 years, but a bridge over the Wedderburn Road causeway is finally in sight.
Wedderburn residents – and passionate bridge campaigners – Paul and Lyn Dumont are thrilled that a construction and tentative completion date have finally been set for the long-awaited bridge.
The low-lying nature of Wedderburn Road’s causeway means residents are unable to leave the town during periods of heavy rain, as the road becomes flooded.
Campbelltown Council announced last October that the council had successfully secured a federal government grant to partly fund a high-level, two-lane bridge.
The council’s director of city delivery, Wayne Rylands said construction was expected to begin in August and would take about 18 months.
He said the council would match the $1.6 million provided under the Bridge’s Renewal Program to deliver the project.
“The bridge will improve safety and wet weather accessibility to Wedderburn,” Mr Rylands said. “The existing low level causeway across the Georges River often floods during heavy rains, cutting off the road between Wedderburn and Campbelltown and temporarily isolating residents. The new bridge will ensure access to Wedderburn residents remains open in periods of extreme weather and when the Georges River is experiencing flood conditions.”
Mr Dumont said he and his wife had been pushing for a new bridge for about seven years.
He was thankful to finally see movement at the site.
“Lyn just spotted the Talis Civil trucks down there the other day and we’ve all been talking about it in Wedderburn,” he said.
Mrs Dumont said Wedderburn didn’t see a lot of changes, so the bridge was a big deal.
“We don’t have kerbs or town water and we’ve only got a tiny community hall, so there’s not really much to show for our rates,” she said.
“But this bridge is definitely a win for Wedderburn. It’s something of great value for us and we’re grateful it’s almost here. It really is the missing link in our suburb.”
Mrs Dumont said there was a feeling of validation for all their hard work when she heard a contractor had been selected and the build was going ahead.
Mr Rylands said the causeway would remain open during construction. The new bridge will be located on the downstream side of the river, adjacent to the existing causeway.