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Media Release - Load Limit and Speed Reduction Applied to Waterfall Creek Bridge – El Alamein Road Abergowrie

17th November 2022

Council wishes to advise that a temporary 20 tonne load limit and a speed reduction to 20km per hour is in place across Waterfall Creek Timber Bridge located on El Alamein Road Abergowrie until further notice, effective immediately.

The load limit and speed reduction will remain until the bridge is replaced which is planned to happen after the 2023 wet season.

A recent structural assessment of Waterfall Creek Bridge has recommended that a 20 tonne load limit is introduced in the interests of public safety.

Heavy Vehicles over 20 tonnes will be required to detour around the bridge via Tarakan Road and Tobruk Road.

Electronic Variable Message Boards have been deployed to communicate the restrictions until fixed signage is installed.

Council has been successful in obtaining funding under the Federal Governments Bridge Renewal Funding program to replace the bridge in 2023.

A design and construction tender will be released to market in the coming months to engage a contractor in order for works to commence after the end of the 2023 wet season.

For further information or clarification, please contact Council’s Acting Infrastructure Assets Manager, Luke Panzenbock on 4776 4706.

Image: Electronic Variable Message Boards Deployed to Waterfall Creek Bridge.

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