Three, two, one! Major work starts to demolish old Landsowne Bridge

21 May 2018

It’s a case of out with the old and in with the new at Lansdowne, with major work under way to demolish the existing bridge across the Mulwaree River.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said a 450 tonne crane has arrived to dismantle the old bridge which opened to the community in 1902.

“Prior to its closure in July 2016, around 2100 vehicles used the Lansdowne Bridge each day to cross the Mulwaree River,” the spokesperson said.

“The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the new $18.6 million bridge and associated road work which will improve access for heavy vehicles and have wider traffic lanes.

“The new bridge will also have wider road shoulders, improved approaches as well as a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Early work to demolish the bridge started in November last year and involved installing new underground electricity cables and removing overhead power lines.

“Today is an exciting day for the community and all road users in general as it means a new era of travel across the Mulwaree River is about to dawn.

“Major work to demolish the bridge will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm and if required from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, and take around eight to 10 shifts to complete, weather permitting.”

The spokesperson added the successful contractor who will be responsible for building the new bridge is expected to be announced in June this year.

“Once built, the new Lansdowne Bridge will be a high-quality asset with low maintenance costs handed over to Goulburn Mulwaree Council, fit for purpose for the next 100 years.

“Major work on the bridge is on track and is expected to get under way mid-this year and be completed by mid-2019, weather permitting.”

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