Transport for NSW is planning maintenance work on Wallaga Lake Bridge and is asking the community for input on the best way to deliver them.
Transport for NSW Regional Director South, Sam Knight, said while the crossing is still safe, work is required to improve the functionality and durability of the structure to ensure it remains safe for all, including the local community and the travelling public, into the future.
“We understand there is no ideal time to carry out maintenance on Wallaga Lake Bridge, but we are committed to working with the community to deliver this essential work,” Ms Knight said.
“Regular inspections of the bridge have identified the need to replace the girders holding up the bridge and strengthen the piles and abutment.
“To carry out this work we will be required to close the bridge to ensure the safety of the community and our workers.
“We are encouraging the community to provide feedback on the two options we have developed to help guide us on how we deliver the work with minimal impact to the community.”
Option one would see Transport for NSW carry out the repairs from September 2023 to May 2024. During this time the bridge will be closed for four and half months and under traffic control and reduced speed limits for two months.
Alternatively, under option two, repairs would be carried out from September 2023 to August 2024. Traffic control would be in place for one month, followed by six and a half months of day closures between 9am and 3pm, and a two-month closure to complete repairs.
Under both options, the bridge would be fully operational across the Christmas holiday period.
Consultation is open to the community until Friday 23 June.
For more information on the options and to provide feedback, community members can go HERE, email the team at [email protected], or visit the team in person on Saturday 17 June at Payne’s Island between 10am and 2pm.
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