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A bridge (or 64) too far for shire

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April 07, 2018

TWO more bridges within Campaspe Shire have been placed under new traffic restrictions following recent inspections.

TWO more bridges within Campaspe Shire have been placed under new traffic restrictions following recent inspections.

Deputy mayor Vicki Neele said that inspections were routinely conducted on council-owned bridges.

She said a specialist bridge engineer was also engaged to complete a more detailed inspection on a number of bridges.

“Campaspe Shire is in an unusual position of owning 64 bridges, some 50 or more years old,” Cr Neele said.

“Routine inspections identified a number of issues across the bridge network with a specialist engaged to complete a full audit.”

In March a load limit was placed on Raglus Bridge, south west of Rushworth, reducing the weight limit to three-tonne, down from 20-tonne.

Recent inspections on Grogans Bridge, to the west of Colbinabbin and McEvoy Bridge, south west of Rushworth, have now resulted in a limit restriction imposed and a bridge closure.

A five-tonne load limit has been placed on Grogans Bridge, which is a small timber bridge over a land depression on Grogan Road, between Elmore and Colbinabbin.

“This bridge is a single lane bridge and caters for a very small volume of traffic.

The weight limit keeps the bridge open, however, restricted for local community use,’’ Cr Neele said.

McEvoy Bridge on Peter McEvoy Rd, crossing the Cornella Creek at Cornella, south west of Rushworth, has been closed.

“This bridge is again timber, single lane and caters for a very small volume of traffic,” Cr Neele said.

“Due to the poor condition of this bridge, with beams splitting and rotting, it has been immediately closed.”

Council has attempted to contact all those potentially impacted by the bridge restrictions, including local residents and emergency services.

“The restrictions have been put in place to ensure public safety,’’ Cr Neele said.

‘‘Council staff will now review options available for these bridges and start discussion with the community,” she said.

“As further detailed inspection reports are received by council, further bridges across our shire may be impacted in the future.”

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