Civil engineers should benefit from the many new bridge projects.

Bridges Renewal Programme sparks civil engineering boom

Australia's unique geographic complexion means that large-scale civil engineering projects are never too far away from the purview of governments, councils and local communities. This means there are constant upgrades to tunnels, roads and bridges among other pieces of infrastructure that ensure Australia remains a world leader.

Bridges – a key piece of infrastructure for Australia

One significant example of this is the Bridges Renewal Programme. First announced in February 2015, local councils apply to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for funding to address either damaged, old or dangerous bridges. The department then addresses the most concerning structures, and civil engineers can be hired for the job.

In the first round of applications, more than $100 million worth of proposals were approved across the country.

At the time, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss explained the value of the $300 million programme.

"The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement," he said in a February 2015 media statement.

"By upgrading these bridges from, for example, by replacing one-lane timber bridges with two-lane concrete bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improved productivity."

Round two – more funding

After the success of Round one, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has recently announced its plans for the upcoming year. Again, $100 million was allocated to projects across Australia with NSW taking the bulk of this funding.

At a cost of more than $40 million, there are 65 projects which have received funding in NSW. Here is a snapshot of a couple of these new projects.

1) Williams Bridge (Muswellbrook Shire)

While this is one of the smallest projects, its objectives are vital for the local community. Civil engineers will work to strengthen a load limited bridge allowing both emergency services and heavy vehicles to pass.

All strengthening work requires good technical knowledge and the right product – this is where Bluey Technologies can be of assistance.

2) McHenrys Creek Bridge (Young Shire)

In this example, civil engineers will widen the existing bridge and increase its load capacity. As part of an important freight route, this work will ensure the region remains productive in the years to come.

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