Freeburgh Bridge closed

FREEBURGH Bridge has been closed, following concerns by Alpine Shire Council that it is unsafe for traffic.

Alpine Shire Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Trevor Britten said that the bridge is closed until Council can more accurately determine its condition and what remedial actions are required.

“Council bridges are assessed every four - five years according to an inspection plan,” he said.

“Unfortunately the Freeburgh Bridge has deteriorated substantially since it was last assessed in 2010 and now poses a significant risk of failure should the current five tonne load limit be exceeded.

“Council’s qualified bridge inspector assessed the bridge on Friday as part of an ongoing asset maintenance program and established that it has deteriorated much faster than anticipated.

“The only responsible option is to close the bridge to ensure the safety of road users - it will remain closed until a permanent solution can be implemented.”

Council will consult with the local community in establishing a way forward.

“In the meantime we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to residents of Snowy Creek Road and other bridge users, however safety is always paramount,” Mr Britten said.

“Fortunately the Tawonga Gap Road bridge is close enough to provide a convenient alternative.

“We do not take the decision to close a bridge lightly and strongly believe this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of road users.”

A traffic management plan has been developed. Residents of Snowy Creek Road will receive more information in the mail this week and be kept up to date on future actions.

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