An­zac Day hope for walk-bridge

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers hope dis­cus­sions with a con­trac­tor this week will shore up an An­zac Day com­ple­tion of a $1.2-mil­lion foot­bridge span­ning the Wim­mera River.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil tech­ni­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor John Martin said ‘con­tract de­liv­ery’ is­sues had caused the lat­est project de­lays.

The coun­cil had orig­i­nally hoped to open An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge be­tween Southbank and Apex Is­land off Barnes Boule­vard late last year, but had to push back the open­ing to Fe­bru­ary be­cause of steel-fab­ri­ca­tion is­sues, wet weather and flood­ing.

Mr Martin said the lat­est de­lays had added to the frus­tra­tion, but the par­ties had been in­volved in deep dis­cus­sions and he hoped to con­firm a new project time-frame af­ter a meet­ing on Fri­day.

“We’ve had an up­date on the de­vel­op­ment of var­i­ous el­e­ments of the project and are now wait­ing for a ma­jor dis­patch to Hor­sham,” he said.

“We’ve had a pho­to­graphic up­date that has shown the com­ple­tion of gal­vanised deck­ing, paint­ing of one of two 17-me­tre bridge tow­ers with the com­ple­tion of the other im­mi­nent, pow­der-coat­ing of balustrad­ing hand rails and ca­bles await­ing dis­patch.”

Con­trac­tor J and R. In­dus­tries has been fab­ri­cat­ing the bridge at its Wan­garatta work­shop and in the last schedul­ing was due to bring the two tow­ers to Hor­sham in Jan­uary.

Mr Martin said work to es­tab­lish pri­mary foun­da­tions for the tow­ers was com­plete and mi­nor foun­da­tion work was set to be fin­ished in the next few days.

“It is all still hap­pen­ing. What we have is slow and steady progress and the first ma­jor as­pect of the bridge that peo­ple will no­tice in the next few weeks is the erec­tion of the 17-me­tre tow­ers,” he said.

“It is the An­zac Cen­te­nary Bridge so it would be ideal to have it in place for April 25.”

The project has been sub­ject to a high level of qual­ity con­trol based on safety, ease of ac­cess and longevity.

The bridge is de­signed to join Barnes Boule­vard on the north side of the river to Ma­jor Mitchell Drive on the other and will be suit­able for wheel­chairs, prams and mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles as well as other pedes­tri­ans.

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