Nats to upgrade Delatite Rd bridge
12 November 2018
A Nationals Government will upgrade one of Seymour’s most notorious bridges to make it safer for the community.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today committed $800,000 to build a new bridge over Whiteheads Creek on Delatite Rd at Seymour.
Ms Ryan said the bridge had been a major priority for council and the community for some time.
“Currently the road dips down almost meeting the creek, and in times of heavy rainfall the creek floods over the road putting motorists at risk,” Ms Ryan said.
“After a motorist was tragically killed in 2016 when floodwaters swept his car into the creek, it is hugely concerning that no measures have been put in place to improve safety on the bridge.
“We will provide the $800,000 required to rebuild the bridge and make it safe.”
Ms Ryan said despite safety concerns and a push from Mitchell Shire and the wider community, the Andrews Government had refused to provide the funding needed to carry out works.
“Mitchell Shire lost $1 million a year in funding for local roads when Labor cut the Country Roads and Bridges Program in 2014,” Ms Ryan said.
“Roads around Seymour are cracking as a result of Labor’s funding cuts and residents often raise the state of local roads with me.
“That’s why we have promised not only to restore the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges Program to improve local roads, but we will also invest an extra $1 billion into distressed country roads over the next decade,” Ms Ryan said.