Old Mow­bray Bridge gone be­cause of safety fears

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE old Mow­bray Bridge struc­ture off the Cap­tain Cook High­way will be re­moved im­me­di­ately due to safety con­cerns.

Gen­eral Man­ager op­er­a­tions Paul Hoye said Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil had re­ceived a re­port from a con­sul­tant en­gi­neer which rec­om­mended the im­me­di­ate re­moval of the tim­ber struc­ture due to sig­nif­i­cant risk of per­sonal in­jury.

“Coun­cil closed the old bridge last year and in­stalled a bar­rier to pre­vent ac­cess but peo­ple are still climb­ing onto it and putting them­selves at great risk due to the sig­nif­i­cant dis­re­pair of the struc­ture,” he said.

“In light of this lat­est ex­pert en­gi­neer re­port, coun­cil will take im­me­di­ate steps to re­move the struc­ture and per­ma­nently close the ac­cess road which also poses a dan­ger to mo­torists us­ing the high­way.

“A crane will be utilised in the com­ing days to dis­man­tle the struc­ture and fol­low­ing this the ac­cess road will be closed per­ma­nently.”

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