Cam­paspe helps fund bridge job

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

river­ine­ CAM­PASPE Shire will jointly fund works on Yam­buna bridge, in con­junc­tion with Moira Shire.

Coun­cil has ap­proved $57,000 from the As­set Re­newal bud­get to jointly fund the bridge on the bound­ary of Moira and Cam­paspe Shires, cross­ing the Goul­burn River.

Yam­buna Bridge is cur­rently re­duced to a load limit of six tonnes and the pro­posed works will in­crease the load re­stric­tions to 12 tonne to sup­port lo­cal res­i­dents and emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles.

‘‘It does high­light the chal­lenge coun­cil faces with main­te­nance of our bridge as­sets,’’ Cr Neil Pankhurst said.

‘‘Par­tic­u­larly on bridges that have lower mass lim­its, if there are ve­hi­cles which ex­ceed those lim­its us­ing those bridges it cer­tainly ex­pe­dites the de­cline in the life of the bridge.

‘‘We have a huge amount of bridge as­sets and they are im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture to the com­mu­nity but ex­ceed­ing the load lim­its has a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the life of the bridges.

‘‘With the to­tal re­place­ment of the bridge cost­ing $650,000, at $57,000 these re­pairs are timely and cost­ef­fec­tive,’’ Cr Leanne Pen­treath added.

Works were iden­ti­fied through de­tailed bridge in­spec­tions, with Moira Shire en­gag­ing a spe­cial­ist bridge con­sul­tant to com­plete de­sign works and es­ti­mated cost­ings of works re­quired. The works will bring the bridge back to its orig­i­nal de­sign load of 12 tonne.

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