WORK to repair the flood-damaged footbridge over the River Ouse was due to start today (January 31) and take about three weeks to complete, mayor Lou Triffitt reported to the most recent meeting of the Central Highlands Council.
The bridge has been closed since it sustained damage during flooding late last year. It usually provides pedestrian access between the main part of the town and the local medical centre, which are separated by the river.
Councillor Triffitt said she had been in contact with the Department of State Growth, which had reported on the outcome of an inspection of the bridge last month and the development of a works plan for the necessary repairs. It had been determined that damage had been done to the footings of the second pier.
“The work to remove the debris and repair the pier has been developed,” Cr Triffitt said. “Water will need to be kept away from the pier for the work to be carried out,” she said. Cr Triffitt said she appreciated the attention that had been given to this matter by the Minister for State Growth, Michael Ferguson MHA.
“He understands the council’s concern about the closure of the bridge because anyone needing to go to the medical centre now needs to walk along the highway, as do the residents of the independent living units. It’s just not acceptable, it’s so dangerous,” she said.