First loads of windfarm components take to Edrom Rd after $1.8M upgrade

The first of several hundred truck-loads of windfarm components bound for Nimmitabel have taken to forest roads following a $1.8 million upgrade to Imlay and Edrom Roads completed by Forestry Corporation of NSW over summer.

Regional Manager Daniel Tuan said the windfarm developers Downer Group contributed to the upgrade of more than 74 kilometres of road and construction of a dual lane concrete bridge to replace an ageing causeway over Bondi Creek.

"Forest roads in and around Eden are vital community links used by locals, tourists and industry," Mr Tuan said.

"Forestry Corporation invests around $750,000 a year in maintaining Imlay and Edrom Roads, with contributions from local industry including South East Fibre Exports and VicForests.

"Over the coming months significant shipments of wind farm components will be transported from Eden port to Nimmitabel via the forest road network, so Downer Group contributed towards a $1.8 million upgrade to prepare for the additional truck movements.

"This is the single biggest boost to investment in local forest roads we've seen and it will benefit all road users, with the $700,000 new dual lane concrete bridge also improving safety for drivers crossing the Bondi Creek.

"Around 13 Forestry Corporation staff and casuals worked throughout the summer to minimise disruption to road users during construction."

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