Information night about Gundaroo Bridge demolition

Information night about Gundaroo Bridge demolition

6 February 2014

Roads and Maritime Services is inviting community members to attend an information night on Thursday 20 February to find out about the demolition of the old Gundaroo Bridge.

“The meeting will be held at the Gundaroo Hall from 6pm to 8pm and will provide information about how and when the bridge will be demolished and uses for the timber,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“Road safety and traffic flow has improved for motorists travelling on Canberra to Crookwell Road since the new $3.8 million concrete bridge was built immediately downstream of the existing bridge over the Yass River near Gundaroo in 2009.

“The 112 year old bridge will be removed in line with the recommendations in the Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy.

“The strategy outlines the proposed management of Roads and Maritime Services timber truss bridges and identifies bridges to be retained to ensure examples of the different types of timber truss bridges are preserved.

“Roads and Maritime is working with council to recycle timber from the bridge in building projects in the town centre of Gundaroo.

“It is important to keep the history of the old bridge alive,” the Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

The new Gundaroo Bridge has a river span of 30.5 metres and two floodplain spans, each 22 metres in length.

It has been designed to carry modern commercial vehicles, and also incorporates a 10 metre wide deck with wider than normal shoulders for the safety of cyclists.

Editor’s note: Historical and contemporary images of the bridge are available on request.

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