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Ziegler Pde bridge closed for maintenance

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Ziegler Parade bridge at Allansford will remain closed pending maintenance and safety improvement works.

The bridge was closed in September as a result of large volumes of water, along with flood debris, putting the ageing bridge structure under considerable pressure.

A post-flood investigation of the bridge completed last week revealed no new structural damage as a result of the high Hopkins River levels, however, it did identify deterioration of existing structural issues and new safety issues with the bridge railing.

“The closure of the bridge – which already had a load limit applied to it – provided us with an opportunity to make a thorough examination of the entire structure,” Warrnambool City Council Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said.

“Before we can reopen the bridge we first need to address safety issues associated with the bridge railing.”

“We also need to engage with the community about the bridge’s capacity and function as a pedestrian and road linkage.

“We are planning a community engagement process on these issues during December.”

The 14-tonne weight limit was applied to the bridge in 2011.

It is unlikely that the existing bridge will operate without load restrictions again.

 

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