Friday, 22 June 2018
GOING, GOING, GONE! LANSDOWNE BRIDGE DEMOLITION COMPLETED
Piece by piece, Lansdowne Bridge has been dismantled to be replaced with a brand new crossing of the Mulwaree River.
Before the old bridge becomes a thing of the past, NSW Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today joined Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor to inspect demolition progress as a new era of travel dawns for all road users.
Demolition of the bridge is now complete, with minor work to be finished by the end of the week, weather permitting.
Early demolition work started last November and involved the installation of new underground cables and removal of overhead powerlines.
Steel plates have been installed in the Mulwaree Ponds to support 20 tonnes of large steel frames propping up the bridge so it can be dismantled by a 450 tonne crane.
“This new bridge and road approaches will result in safer travel for all road users, including freight operators, and require less ongoing and costly maintenance,” Ms Goward said.
“This is a great example of how the Bridges Renewal Program is enhancing access for local communities.”
“The successful contractor to build the new bridge will be announced soon,” Mr Taylor said.
Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in July and take around 12 months to complete, weather permitting.
The project is funded by the Australian ($3.25 million) and NSW ($15.4 million) governments.
Pictured: Acting Director RMS Southern Region Mitch Judd, Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Member for Hume Angus Taylor