Parma Road Bridge replacement works continuing
July 24, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council is continuing work on the replacement of Parma Road Bridge.
Council has engaged specialist contractors to undertake the works which began with removal of the southern lane on the existing timber bridge.
The construction of new bored piles and modification and strengthening of the existing two centre piers is currently underway.
As part of the preliminary works, a structural engineering assessment has been undertaken with the results illustrating that the existing bridge required the restriction of heavy vehicles.
As such, Council has placed traffic restrictions on the northern lane on the existing bridge deck with access available to light vehicles only.
Director of Assets and Works, Ben Stewart said Council was working with the school and bus companies to ensure they were kept informed of the restrictions.
“It is anticipated that the restriction will remain in place until the new concrete deck is installed on the southern side of the bridge in approximately six weeks time,” said Mr Stewart.
“Once the installation of precast concrete components has been completed on the southern side of the deck, Council will be able to reopen the bridge to full vehicular traffic.”
“Council has installed a number of message boards on the highway alerting motorists to the restrictions while staff have also been advising local residents on the progress of work.”
Single lane access for light vehicles is still being maintained throughout the project however minor delays may be experienced by motorists.
Part day road closures may be needed at stages throughout the works period however these will be advised well in advance.
Local bus companies and businesses in this area have been advised of the load restriction.
Council brought funding forward from the 2013/14 budget to commence the works as a result of the structural damage sustained on the bridge in January.