Above: The historic Horsearm Creek bridge is to be replaced with a $1.4 million steel and concrete structure. Right, on site, shire general manager Stewart Todd, deputy mayor Robert Kneale, mayor Cathy Redding, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Cr Ron Campbell.

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The Horsearm Creek Bridge on Narrabri’s eastern outskirts is one of the oldest in the shire, long earmarked for restoration or replacement.

Generations of travellers have used the bridge when it was part of the old Newell Highway and generations of local people have travelled across it on the way to the old cemetery, Narrabri racecourse, Bailey Street and Little Mountain.

Now the historic bridge is to be replaced.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced a new Horsearm Creek bridge will be built with federal government funding assistance.

“The Liberal and Nationals’ Government will invest in building safer, upgraded bridges in the Narrabri Shire,” Mr Coulton said.

New steel-reinforced, concrete bridges will be built at Horsearm Creek and Spring Creek.

The total project costs for the Horsearm Creek Bridge and Spring Creek Bridge replacements are $1,405,800 and $1,417,900 respectively.

Narrabri Shire Council Mayor Cathy Redding has welcomed the funding from the Coalition Government.

“These timber bridges are severely outdated and are not fit for the growing needs of our community,” Cr Redding said.