On Sunday 26 July, the new Camp Street Bridge was officially opened by Transport for NSW Alistair Lunn, Director West and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole.
"This project started back in early 2019 when Council staff prepared the site, relocating underground services, overhead power and closing walkways before Transport for NSW arrived to dismantle the old Camp Street Bridge," say Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM. "Our work with Transport however started long before this stage with Council providing support and input into the design process. In total we have been working together for four years, in a partnership we are very proud to have."
The Bridge has opened a month ahead of its scheduled time. NSW Government funded the $12.8 million project to replace the old Camp Street Bridge that was built in 1927 and did not meet the current design standards. The new one is considerably wider to allow for wider transport vehicles and contains a pedestrian and cycle path to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians. Forbes Shire Council contributed $250,000 to complete the approaches to the bridge and landscaping on either side.
"The landscaping by our team is simply stunning, they really have outdone themselves," says Mayor Miller. "The ingenuity of staff to complete the complex footpath bridges, pathways and approaches to the main bridge shows the dedication of our staff to not only do a good job but think outside the square and complete a first class project such as this.
"The dedication to complete this project on time by our staff has been amazing. Some have worked 7 days a week to ensure we were able to open this amazing Bridge when we have.
"This project has been a dream to work on with Transport for NSW and the management of the process by Pete Hamilton and Kelly Baldwin, has been a dream. They provided details when needed, schedules were met and the entire process was managed well. I would also like to thank the 48 Forbes Shire Council staff member who worked on this project, you really have done a great job."
The opening included a smoking ceremony on the bridge by Indigenous group River Spirit Dancers lead by Yarangirri Holmes before officials cut the ribbon and walked across the bridge.