Bridge open­ing doubt

Race to fin­ish for Re­mem­brance Day af­ter work de­lay

Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS - NICK CLARK

CON­TRAC­TORS are bat­tling to fin­ish the $11 mil­lion Re­mem­brance Bridge, which con­nects the Ceno­taph and the Queens Do­main, in time for Re­mem­brance Day on Novem­ber 11.

A planned clo­sure of the Do­main High­way next week­end has been de­layed be­cause of some tech­ni­cal con­struc­tion prob­lems.

The bridge spans are be­ing con­structed off-site at Mac­quarie Point and were to be linked be­tween 7pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, and 6am on Mon- day, Oc­to­ber 15. A source close to the council said the council was “still hope­ful” that it could be com­pleted in time.

Lord Mayor Ron Christie said the Ho­bart City Council was await­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from con­trac­tor Ful­ton Ho­gan about a pos­si­ble re­vised date for the lift­ing of the bridge span. Ful­ton Ho­gan safety en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion man­ager Steve Ee­les said the con­trac­tor would dis­cuss the is­sue to­mor­row and iden­tify a new date for the road clo­sure.

The RACT is con­cerned that a de­lay to a time af­ter school hol­i­days would ex­ac­er­bate traf­fic prob­lems.

How­ever, Lib­eral Sen­a­tor Jonathon Du­niam wel­comed the re­prieve for com­muters.

“Up un­til very re­cently plans were in place for the main ar­te­rial road con­nect­ing Ho­bart with the East­ern Shore, the South-East and, most im­por­tantly, the air­port, to be closed for al­most three days,” he said.

“I have pre­vi­ously high­lighted that the planned in­stal­la­tion works for the pedes­trian bridge would have been a night­mare for mo­torists, and that it is not good enough.

“The im­pacts on com­muters would have been sub­stan­tial, send­ing the city into ab­so­lute chaos.

“I now call on the council and the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to use this time to re­assess con­struc­tion plans to avoid a full road clo­sure.”

Al­der­man Christie said he was pleased that Sen­a­tor Du­niam had wel­comed the de­lay.

“We con­tacted the Sen­a­tor’s of­fice to dis­cuss his con­cerns and I would wel­come any con­struc­tive com­ments he would like to make,” he said.

The bridge has been con­tro­ver­sial, with Ho­bart al­der­man Da­mon Thomas push­ing ear­lier this year for it to be called the Gel­li­brand Bridge af­ter Tas­ma­nian sol­dier Sir John Gel­li­brand (1872-1945), who was the founder of Legacy. How­ever, a council meet­ing in June de­cided to call it the Re­mem­brance Bridge.

PEDES­TRIAN LINK: Con­struc­tion un­der way on the bridge.

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