Bridge work may be fin­ished by Oc­to­ber

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WORK is con­tin­u­ing on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Pine Creek Bridge fol­low­ing its clo­sure by Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil a lit­tle over a month ago on June 26.

The coun­cil has in place a main­tained de­tour road to en­able mo­torists to ac­cess around the clo­sure.

The coun­cil’s Roads and Drainage port­fo­lio spokesper­son Cr Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the de­tour had added a travel dis­tance of 2.4km to any­one nor­mally util­is­ing the bridge.

The coun­cil was aware of the in­con­ve­nience this had caused and thanked mo­torists for their pa­tience.

“In­spec­tions lead­ing up to the clo­sure had iden­ti­fied sub­stan­tial de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in bridge tim­ber­work and also sig­nif­i­cant cor­ro­sion in the gal­vanised me­tal sheet deck­ing. A struc­tural as­sess­ment sug­gested a re­stric­tive load limit that would have been dif­fi­cult to en­force,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said.

“The bridge, which was built in the late 1940s, is 33 me­tres long by four me­tres wide and is a ma­jor con­nect­ing link with the Isis High­way for res­i­dents in the Pine Creek, Givelda and Elec­tra ar­eas.

“Con­struc­tion work has pro­ceeded to a point where coun­cil’s bridge crew have re­moved the deck­ing and have com­menced the re­place­ment of de­fec­tive bridge el­e­ments.”

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said the work was ex­pected to take three to four months to com­plete and the coun­cil cur­rently ex­pected the pro­ject to be fi­nalised in early Oc­to­ber if favourable weather con­di­tions per­sist.

The coun­cil has bud­geted $300,000 for the work.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­PAIR: Work is con­tin­u­ing on Pine Creek Bridge.

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