THE NSW Department of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has postponed naming the Kempsey bypass bridge to further consider additional community feedback.
The decision on the name of the bridge was originally to have been announced by the end of June.
An RMS spokesperson said in a statement last Friday that it is taking the time to make the right decision on naming what is Australia’s longest road bridge.
“Due to the volume of public feedback, it is clear this issue is one which is important to the Kempsey community, so it’s important the RMS gets it right and takes the time to consider all options,” the spokesperson said.
“The last round of community consultation closed on Wednesday, June 19 and since then a rush of submissions has been received.
“The name Macleay River Bridge was to be selected if there was no clear preference but after the RMS received almost 900 written and online submissions with about 70 names suggested, a name was recommended which recognised the history of the area and the community.
“The recommended name of Kempsey Bridge was announced and further feedback was received.
“The next step in the naming process is to collate and consider all public feedback which has been received.
“It is important RMS adequately considers all the new feedback before making a final decision on the naming of the Macleay River and floodplain bridge and for other key pieces of infrastructure along the bypass.
“A final decision will be made in coming weeks.”