Plans are afoot to ensure a Singleton bridge will no longer go under water in times of flood.
Work is about to start on a $2.2 million bridge replacement project at Bourkes Crossing.
The old low-level wooden structure will be replaced with a concrete one, prompting the closure of Glendon Lane for around nine months.
Singleton Council's Acting Director of Assets and Facilities Alan Fletcher says it is an important project.
"The new bridge will be a much higher level, out of flood level," he said.
"So it will be a lot safer, quicker, and it is a route that people drive the back way from Maitland also, and so it not only services the local community, it also services the regional community, so it is an important road link."
Mr Fletcher says a new structure should be built by October.
"It's replacing an old-low level timber bridge which regularly goes under water during floods," he said.
"The contract has been let, and they're looking to start work in February, or maybe even later this month, and it'll probably take about nine months all up."
© ABC 2013
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