Side-track detour for traffic as Urbenville bridgework to commence

The start of the new financial year has released funds to allow council to tackle one of the shire's problem timber bridges.
The start of the new financial year has released funds to allow council to tackle one of the shire's problem timber bridges.

Work will begin mid-July on the bridge on Beaury Creek Road, Urbenville over Five Mile Creek as travellers narrowly avoid a five tonne load limit being placed on the bridge.

It was one of the 15 timber bridges identified by Tenterfield Shire Council back in May in imminent need of load limits as the ageing structure deteriorates.

Council advises that work will be undertaken to construct a multi-cell concrete box culvert at the existing bridge site with a side track detour in place for the duration of the construction works. All vehicles, including semi-trailers, will be able to use the side track.

Works will be carried out by Tenterfield Shire Council and sub-contractors, with the new bridge expected to be completed by October 30 this year, weather permitting. Motorists must obey the directions of any on-site erected signage.

“Council has identified this bridge as requiring urgent replacement”, mayor Peter Petty said.

“With the new financial year, funds were available in the capital works budget to undertake this much-needed work and prevent the imposition of a five tonne limit on the current bridge.

“Altogether a win, win for the local community.”

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