MidCoast Council says that work will commence in January to replace Little Cedar Party Creek Creek Bridge at Cedar Party.
Originally slated to start in September, and then pushed back to November, works were delayed while an emergency side-track was constructed. Its use will be restricted to emergency vehicles and for emergency evacuations as required while Comboyne Road at the bridge site is closed.
The existing single lane timber bridge on Comboyne Road is set to be replaced with a new concrete structure over the first half of 2020. As well as a wider two-lane thoroughfare, the newly constructed bridge will allow the current 30 tonne load limit to be removed.
Road approaches on either side will be reconstructed to align with the wider bridge, and the structure will be reinstated at a slightly elevated level to improve future flood immunity.
Work should be completed in five months, weather permitting.
To allow the project to be managed safely and effectively, traffic will be detoured using Shorts Road, Cedar Party Road and Youngs Road for the duration of the works. While the detour will be clearly signposted, motorists are asked to be alert to changed traffic conditions and to allow extra travel time.
For more information about the Little Cedar Party Creek Bridge replacement, and other timber bridge replacement projects in the pipeline, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roads.