Anzac Day hope for walk-bridge
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.