Two new bridges to cost two million

Barnaby Joyce promises to rebuild this bridge.
Barnaby Joyce promises to rebuild this bridge.

The Shannon Vale and Ten Mile wooden road bridges are set to be upgraded to concrete.

The Federal government will subsidise half the cost under their bridges renewal program with the remaining money to be paid for by the Glen Innes Severn council. The program helps councils replace "old and unsafe local bridges", according to a press release.

Shannon Vale bridge, which crosses the Mann river, will cost $1.4 million to replace. The Ten Mile road near Deepwater will cost $446,000. In total the cost to taxpayers and ratepayers will be $1.84 million.

The Glen Innes Severn shire applied for the funding earlier this year.

Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said he was happy Glen Innes had received funding through round four of the program, and hoped it would make a difference.

"Replacing old timber bridges such as those on Shannon Vale Road and Ten Mile Road with better concrete bridges ensures that important rural and regional road links are safer, more reliable and more efficient," Mr Joyce said.

This is not a campaign promise; the program is funded in the 2019-20 budget.

In a press release he said the Liberals and Nationals had committed $640 million for bridge repair and replacement between 2015 to 2023, including $57 million in round four and said the decision-making process was open and merit-based.

Bridges in Tenterfield shire will also be replaced, with plans to replace the bridge over the Deepwater river on Torrington road and the bridge over Kangaroo Creek on Paddy's Flat road north at a total cost of $2.4 million.

Barnaby Joyce will face at least four opponents at the Federal election on May 18.