End of the road for the Bashan bridge

THE suspension bridge over the Ouse River near Waddamana will be demolished in the near future after collapsing last month. Tasmania Police issued an alert around 6.45am on March 23 announcing that the Bashan Rd bridge had collapsed.

The bridge is reportedly about 90 years old and maintained by the Department of State Growth. A departmental spokesperson has told the News that the collapse was due to cables losing tension on the north-eastern side of the bridge.

“The bridge is old and cannot be repaired to meet current standards,” they said. “We are planning to demolish and remove the remaining structure which should start in coming weeks. “In the meantime people can continue to cross the river by using the ford located right next to the bridge. We are looking at possible ways to ensure that the ford remains accessible throughout winter while we work on longer-term plans for replacement of the bridge.”

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