Investigations to start into temporary crossing at Barham
17 February 2015
The NSW Government is planning the next stage of the Barham Bridge restoration, which will include investigations into a temporary crossing over the Murray River.
John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling said feedback from the community last year indicated a temporary crossing rather than bridge closures was the preferred option as work progresses on the upgrade of the historic timber truss bridge.
“The next stage of work will involve replacing the timber trusses and Victorian approach span and repainting the steel lift span towers,” Mr Williams said.
“Previous work on the bridge involved replacing the timber supports and deck on the NSW approach span and replacing mechanical components on the lift span.
“The single lane bridge built in 1904 joins the Murray River towns of Barham in NSW and Koondrook in Victoria.
“Roads and Maritime is investigating locations and options for a proposed temporary crossing in line with community feedback.
“Investigations will consider impacts on the environment, the local road network and residents and include survey work and geotechnical studies, Aboriginal heritage and noise monitoring.
“Roads and Maritime is liaising with local councils to carry out these investigations.
“Community feedback will be sought in the next few months about the viability and suitable location for a temporary crossing and to discuss the findings of the investigations and timeframes.”
Motorists are advised a bridge closure can be expected in March to replace sections of the deck and continue maintenance work on the lift span.
The community will be notified in advance of any bridge closures.
Contact: John Williams 0438 808 722
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