Nambucca Shire Council has resolved to replace Lanes Bridge at Bowraville with an all concrete structure at an estimated cost of $2.7million.
“Lanes Bridge is over 90 years old and has done a sterling job in serving its community but is now at the end of its life”, said Paul Gallagher, Council’s Assistant General Manager – Engineering Services.
Council staff presented six design options for Council’s consideration. The Council accepted the staff’s recommended Option 3 which has the new bridge partially overlapping the existing bridge, allowing for a single lane of traffic to remain open for the majority of the construction process. Minor disruptions to traffic will be necessary to conduct key phases in the bridge building process. The deck of the new bridge will be 1.75m higher than the existing bridge deck providing the community of Bowraville and its surrounding districts with more reliable access during flood events.
“The Council understands the importance of Lanes Bridge to the economic and social wellbeing of Bowraville and carefully weighed up the competing considerations of flood proofing, continuing access during construction, flood impacts, and of course cost”, said the Mayor, Councillor Rhonda Hoban.
“This will be the largest engineering project ever undertaken by Council’s day labour and as such will certainly challenge the staff in terms of meeting the project timeline and budget. But based on their recent work I am confident they are up to it”, she added.
The new bridge will have a poured in-situ concrete deck which will be supported by precast concrete structural members:
A community consultation meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 6 June 2018. There will be two sessions, one at 3.00pm – 4.00pm and another at 6.00pm – 7.00pm. The meeting will be held at the Bowraville Theatre, High Street Bowraville.
The Bowraville & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be notifying all Bowraville residents through its newsletter.
Once the project has commenced, residents of the Nambucca Shire will be able to access information relating to the status of the bridge construction works on Council’s website www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au by searching for Lanes Bridge. Plans showing the proposed bridge are on display in Council’s foyer.
Paul Gallagher, Assistant General Manager
(02) 6568 0232
PO BOX 177
MACKSVILLE NSW 2447
DATE 24 May 2018
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