Council to fast track Parma Road Bridge repairs
February 28, 2013
Mayor, Joanna Gash last night joined fellow Councillors and Council staff in attending a community briefing on the status of the Parma Road Bridge repairs.
Council closed eastern access to Parma Road, Falls Creek from the Princes Highway in late January following the discovery of structural damage to the Parma Creek Bridge.
With representatives from the affected Falls Creek Public School, P&C Association and local residents all attending the briefing Council staff took the opportunity to detail the bridge replacement proposal while answering questions from the local community.
Those in attendance were advised that with temporary repairs beginning next week it was anticipated that Council would be able to reopen one lane on the bridge by Easter.
Further to this, the meeting was also told that Council has resolved to bring forward funds from the 2013/14 capital works program to enable construction of a replacement two lane bridge with pedestrian access.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said that with designs for the new bridge already completed Council was currently negotiating with the supplier of the required precast components.
Council had also resolved to begin the tender process for the construction works in a bid to fast track the works.
“Council certainly understands the concerns of both the Falls Creek School and local residents in dealing with the closure of the Parma Road Bridge,” said Clr Gash.
“With bridge repairs set to begin next week I am sure the local community will be pleased to see a temporary solution to this issue in place by Easter.
“Council has also put a number of measures in place to ensure construction works on the new bridge are able to be expedited as much as possible. These include the fast tracked negotiation of precast components and immediate tendering for works.”
Mayor Gash said Wednesday night’s meeting enabled Council staff to answer any concerns expressed by the community.
“Council staff will continue to work closely with both Falls Creek School and local residents in addressing the issues raised during the public briefing,” said Clr Gash.
“Council is committed to delivering a new bridge in the shortest time possible and regrets the unavoidable impact on the Falls Creek community during this time.”