Singleton Council has called for tenders for the design and repair of theapproaches to the unnamed bridge over Glendon Brook on Gresford Road.
STORM DAMAGE: The Gresford Road bridge was severely damaged in the April super storms in 2015.
Council received $1 million in natural disaster funding to repair theapproaches that were significantly damaged during the April 2015 storms.
The repairs will allow Council to reopen the bridge for vehicles up to 42.5tonne after over 12 months of closure.
This may comeas a relief for manylocal residents who have been forced to takelengthydetours through either Mitchells Flat or Glendon.
Furthermore, the Council is currentlyapplying for a further $2 million to strengthen andupgrade the bridge under the Fixing Country Roads program however the result of thisapplication will not be known until July.
Singleton Council Director of Community and Infrastructure Services GroupGary Thomson says if all goes as scheduled, Council anticipates the bridgewill be open by August this year.
“It’s important we reopen access as soon as possible,” Gary says.
“Council ismindful of the inconvenience and frustration this closure has caused localresidents and stock carriers, adding a 14km round trip to their travel.
“With funding secured to repair the approaches, we have split the project fromthe upgrade of the bridge itself to enable vehicles up to 42.5 tonne to resumetravel on Gresford Rd.
“However, we recognise this is a significant freight route, especially to andfrom the Singleton Regional Livestock Market, which is why we are applyingfor funding to upgrade the bridge to allow heavier loads across the bridge,” he says.
Mr Thomson also acknowledges that the Roads and Maritime Services provided assistancewith theplanning for the proposed works.
Tenders documents for the design and construction of approaches areavailable from 苏州美甲美睫培训学校singleton.nsw.gov419论坛/tenders and close on May 10.
A report detailing the tenders received will be considered by Council at itsmeeting on May 18.
Pending the submissions received, a contract will beawarded by Council with work to commence in June.
BUILDING FRUSTRATION: The Gresford Road bridge closure is causing frustration as residents are forced to take lengthy detours.
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