Bridges won't be repaired soon

SIX to 12 months is the estimated time frame for repairs to Boggy Creek and Justins bridges, according to Bellingen Council's general manager, Mike Colreavy.

Mr Colreavy said although funds to replace the Boggy Creek Bridge were included in the Natural Disaster package from the NSW Government after the February floods, the project now had to fit into the new list of repair priorities.

“All those February priorities now have to slot in with all the new priorities,” Mr Colreavy said.

“The workload is huge.

“We will be looking to contract out some of the work because we simply don't have the human resources to do it all ourselves.”

He said repairs to Justins Bridge on Darkwood Road had been estimated at $300,000.

“Both projects require design work to be completed prior to construction. In the case of Justins Bridge some other Darkwood Road work is necessary before the bridge repair equipment can be transported to the site.”

Justins Bridge reopened 10 days ago with a three tonne load limit. Mr Colreavy said predictions of a $10-million damage bill had proven correct.

“That's pretty much what it's come to but that does not include the $1million of work needed along Waterfall Way.”



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