Broken bridge “bleeding taxpayer funds”

GREENS MHA Tim Morris today called on Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne to explain why the Bridgewater Bridge lifting span had failed to open on two occasions in just over a week, leaving river traffic unable to reach its destinations. Mr Morris said many people relied on the Bridgewater Bridge to function in a proper capacity, and given the recent $14 million upgrade it was unacceptable for breakdowns to continue.

“Tasmanians deserve to know why millions of dollars of their money have been spent on a bridge which for all intents and purposes, still hasn’t been fixed to fully operational status.”“Minister O’Byrne has some awkward questions to answer after the Bridgewater Bridge has failed twice now in the last two weeks, especially given the recent taxpayer upgrade on the bridge,” Mr Morris said. I shudder to think of possibility that the bridge opens one day and gets stuck in the air causing massive traffic back-logs.”

“Minister O’Byrne stated that a hydraulic cylinder had failed and was being replaced. The bridge should be operational in a few days. In addition to the $14 million already spent on the bridge, it appears that taxpayer funds continue to be spent in expensive analyses on tyring to determine where errors lie, why they are occurring, and in the interim we are still left with a non-functioning bridge,” Mr Morris said.

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