Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres today revealed the preferred design for the Nepean River Green Bridge between Emu Plains and Penrith.
The modern design is the result of community feedback and offers a safe crossing for people walking or cycling across the river.
Ms Berejiklian, on a visit to Penrith, said community consultation was carried out since September last year over the design.
“The community were clear in their desire for us to deliver bridge that is visually appealing and highlighted the importance of minimising disruption to the historic rowing course and offering benefits for all river users,” she said.
“I’m confident that the design we are releasing today achieves these objectives.”
Early estimates suggest the bridge will cost around $24 million to build, subject to detailed design.
Mr Ayres said he was pleased the design had been finalised.
“I’m confident the design selected helps promote Penrith as a river city,” he said.
“Penrith has always had a strong connection with rowing and I am pleased to say that the final design has minimal impact on the rowing course.”
The preferred design can be viewed at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects.
Last year the NSW Government announced the new Nepean River Green Bridge would best be located on the site of the historic punt crossing from Punt Road to Old Ferry Road.
Transport for NSW will now prepare a review of environmental factors. Work on the Green Bridge is expected to start in late 2014.