Chief Minister Stanhope has announced work to keep Smiths Road accessible.
“Due to heavy storms and floods in December 2010, a section of the Smiths Road Bridge was destroyed,” Mr Stanhope said.
“During this time NSW residents of Smiths Road have had to use alternative access through Angle Crossing Road and Sunshine Road which are low level crossings.
“During the recent heavy rains when water levels have risen in the Murrumbidgee and Gudgenby Rivers, this alternative access has become restricted.
“The ACT Government has now sourced a Bailey Bridge (a portable pre-fabricated truss bridge) from NSW National Parks to help improve access issues over the Gudgenby River.
“The Bailey Bridge will be constructed as a temporary structure at the site of the old Smith Road Bridge by the NSW Road Transport Authority.”
The temporary bridge is expected to be completed and reopen to traffic in early March 2011, weather permitting.
Work on a permanent solution is expected to take a couple of years.