The Australian government is committing $100 million towards the funding of 189 bridges across the country.
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the upgrades would be delivered under Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia's local bridges to better serve communities and give councils the support they need to drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Truss said.
“We understand that local government has responsibility for thousands of local bridges, many of which are in a poor state of repair. Some councils face critical bridge issues beyond their capacity to address.
Round Two has witnessed a significant increase in the number and quality of applications from local governments.
Only councils are permitted to apply for the grants, with 270 applications received seeking approximately $220 million in funding.
“By upgrading these bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will also be able to pass more safely along quicker routes, improving their productivity,” he said.
“It's a win-win situation. That's why the Coalition government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority and has committed a total of $300 million in funding over five years from 2014–15.”
The Australian government has already committed $111 million under Round One of the Programme.