The federal government is investing a further $40 million over the next four years to upgrade bridges on Australia's regional roads to keep freight moving and supply chains open.
The additional $10 million a year means the government's bridge renewal program will increase to $95 million annually for the next four years.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the extra funding would support more projects and jobs, while boosting regional industries.
"To make our country as strong as possible as quickly as possible we must support the growth of the industries that drive our economy," said Mr Joyce, who is also the minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development.
He said many of these industries were in regional Australia, including the mining and agricultural exporting businesses that help pay for the services all Australians rely on.
"Building new bridges and upgrading existing structures will strengthen our freight network and ensure valuable commodities continue flowing to international and domestic buyers," he said.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the additional funding would assist communities to stay connected and improve regional infrastructure.
"Since the bridges renewal program commenced in 2015/16 it has supported 730 projects, of which 495 projects have been completed," Mr Buchholz said.
Australian Associated Press
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