CHANGES have been made to the Dalgety Bridge restoration work schedule in an effort to minimise the impact on road users and the community. In an options report, the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) has found the most appropriate option is to limit the number of bridge closures during the rehabilitation work.
"The number of full closures has been reduced from 14 to five days and partial closures have been reduced from 108 days to 42 days," according to Member for Monaro John Barilaro.
"During partial closures the bridge will be closed intermittently on weekdays for up to two hours at a time from 9am to 3.30pm."
Mr Barilaro said night closures will be in place but will only occur on weekdays from 7pm to 5am.
"There will only be five days where 24 hour closures will take place and they will not occur back to back," he said.
"The work requiring full closures will be delivered in two stages and the local community will be advised at least three weeks in advance.
"Work carried out under the bridge is not expected to cause traffic disruptions but a reduced speed limit will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users."
Mr Barilaro said there would be no impact to pedestrians wanting to cross the river.
The options report also determines that the restoration work would be carried out without the installation of a temporary crossing.
"Three alternative crossing options that were presented posed considerable risks to the environment, would not be safe during flooding and did not provide value for money, " Mr Barilaro said.
"Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with the community before finalising the schedule of changed traffic conditions."
A community drop in session to discuss the schedule will take place on WednesdayOctober 18 at the Dalgety Community Hall from 4-7pm.
Work on Dalgety Bridge is expected to start later this year and is expected to take around 14 months to complete.